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Checklist: Are You a Mandatory Reporter of Child Abuse?

In order to increase awareness and promote early intervention of child abuse, state laws provide that certain persons must report known or suspected child abuse to a central authority, often via a statewide toll-free hotline. Such reports are anonymous, and there generally is no liability attached to making a good-faith report, even if it turns out to be false. Although the exact list varies from state to state, the following persons are often considered to be mandatory reporters. In most instances, these reporters are people who have regular contact with children as a part of their work. In some states, however, anyone who has reason to believe that abuse has occurred must make a report.

  • Clergypersons

  • Counselors

  • Day Care Workers

  • Dental Assistants

  • Dental Hygienists

  • Dentists

  • Doctors' Office Staff Persons

  • Emergency Medical Technicians

  • Family Practitioners

  • Firefighters

  • Foster Care Workers

  • Hospital Personnel

  • Medical Examiners

  • Nurse Practitioners

  • Optometrists

  • Pediatricians

  • Physicians

  • Police Officers

  • Practical Nurses

  • Principals

  • Psychiatrists

  • Psychologists

  • Registered Nurses

  • School Administrators

  • School Advisors

  • School Paraprofessionals

  • Social Workers

  • Surgeons

  • Teachers

  • Teachers' Aides

Next Steps
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your rights are protected.
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