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Child Abuse by Michael Clancy

What is a mandated reporter and who are mandated reporters with respect to child abuse? A mandated reporter by statute, by law, is required to report either to the law enforcement or Child Protective Services any concerns or reasonable beliefs that a child has been either abused or neglected. The types of individuals that are mandated reporters are police officers, medical professionals such as doctors and nurses, mental health professionals such as counselors and social workers and psychologists, school and school personnel, parents, step parents or guardians of children, or any person who is in a position of caring for a child such as a day care provider. If you have any other questions regarding whether you are a mandatory reporter or what the mandatory reporting laws in Arizona, please feel free to email me and I hope this information was helpful to you.

Failure to Report Child Abuse

What are the penalties for a mandatory reporter's failure to report a reasonable suspicion of abuse or neglect of a child? The penalties associated with failing to report really depend upon the nature of the abuse or neglect that you are not reporting, that you are required to report. And, it can either be charged with a class one misdemeanor or an individual can be charged with a class six felony. Again, depending upon the nature of the abuse or neglect that is not being reported. If you have any other questions regarding the penalties for failing to report child abuse when you are a mandatory reporter, please feel free to email me and I hope this information was helpful to you.

How to Report Suspected Child Abuse

If you reasonably believe a child has been abused or neglected, you can report that concern either to law enforcement or Child Protective Services. However, if the abuse is occurred by someone other than a care provider for the child, then the report by statute should be made to your local law enforcement agency. If you have any other questions about how to report child abuse, please feel free to email me and I hope this information was helpful to you.

Chris Hildebrand - Requirements for Reporting Child Abuse in Arizona

Child Abuse by Chris Hildebrand

The only people in Arizona that are required to report child abuse to either law enforcement or Child Protective Services are those individuals that fall under the class of mandatory reporters. Now, we have another video discussing who are mandatory reporters, so feel free to review that video. However, anyone else that is not a mandatory reporter has no legal obligation to report a suspicion of child abuse either to law enforcement or Child Protective Services. Of course, as parents and individuals, we should report concerns about child abuse to protect children in Arizona, but if you have any other questions regarding whether you are a mandatory reporter or your obligations to report suspected child abuse, please feel free to email me and I hope this information was helpful to you.

Privacy of Reporting Child Abuse

The answer is a qualified yes, your information will remain confidential, will not appear in any reports, even if the parents get the reports, they'll be redacted or blocked out of the reports. However, if you happen to be a material witness to any of the actions of abuse or abuse that occurred, then you may be called as a material witness to testify in any child abuse hearings that occur as a result of that whether that be in criminal court or family law court. If you have any other questions regarding the confidentiality of the information that you provide to Child Protective Services, please feel free to email me and I hope this information was helpful to you.


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