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21. December, 2011Issues for schools, Sexual Abuse Articles Comments Off on Mandatory Reporting of Child Sexual Abuse

The Child Welfare Information Gateway provides a summary of Mandatory Reporting Laws.  As of 2010, “Approximately 48 States, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands designate professions whose members are mandated by law to report child maltreatment.1 [New Jersey and Wyoming require anyone who suspects abuse to report it] Individuals designated as mandatory reporters typically have frequent contact with children. Such individuals may include:

  • Social workers
  • Teachers and other school personnel
  • Physicians and other health-care workers
  • Mental health professionals
  • Child care providers
  • Medical examiners or coroners
  • Law enforcement officers

 

Some other professions frequently mandated across the States include commercial film or photograph processors (in 11 States, Guam, and Puerto Rico), substance abuse counselors (in 14 States), and probation or parole officers (in 17 States).2 Seven States and the District of Columbia include domestic violence workers on the list of mandated reporters, while seven States and the District of Columbia include animal control or humane officers.3 Court-appointed special advocates are mandatory reporters in nine States.4 Members of the clergy now are required to report in 26 States.5″ 

For state by state statutes, their website is: Child Welfare Information Gateway

On 12/16/11, USA Today published a special report on the lax enforcement of statutes for failure to report:  Silent Abuses