Q: What do I need to know about state child abuse reporting laws?

A: If you don't take proper action regarding allegations of child abuse, you and your ministry may be subject to civil and criminal liability.

To be sure you are compliant with reporting laws, you should:

  • Know the child abuse reporting requirements for your state.
  • Develop administrative procedures for reporting child abuse with the help of an attorney.
  • Train ministry leaders, employees and volunteers on the reporting procedures regularly.
If you aren't sure whether reporting is required or you determine that it is required, consult with an attorney.

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