Are Child Abuse Reports Confidential in Arizona?
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Confidentiality of Child Abuse Reports in Arizona
You may be wondering are child abuse reports confidential in Arizona. A person reporting a concern or child abuse to the Arizona Department of Child Safety will have information about them kept confidentially. The reporter’s name or other information will not appear in any reports, even if the parents receive a copy of the report (the reporter’s name and other information will be redacted or blacked out of the reports).
However, if you happen to be a witness to any of the actions of child abuse that occurred, you may be called as a witness to testify in any child abuse hearings that occur as a result in either a criminal court, juvenile court, or family law court.
Confidential Child Abuse Reports and Mandatory Reporters
It is important for you to know whether you fall under the law that may make you a mandatory reporter of child abuse in Arizona. A mandatory reporter is a person who, by law, must report any concerns he or she may have that a child is being abused or neglected. Failure of a mandatory reporter to make such a child abuse report may be convicted of a crime and face time in jail, as well as financial penalties.
Other people are concerned that they may be sued if the report suspected child abuse. You should read our article on the subject of being sued for reporting child abuse in Arizona and you should consult with a qualified civil litigation attorney about any concerns you may have about a lawsuit being filed against you.
Contact Our Scottsdale and Phoenix Child Abuse Attorneys
Contact us today or call us at (480)305-8300 to schedule your consultation with our Scottsdale and Phoenix Arizona Child Abuse Attorney regarding child abuse laws in Arizona or any other Arizona family law matter.
Chris Hildebrand wrote this article about reporting child abuse to ensure everyone has access to information about child abuse laws in Arizona. Chris is a divorce and child custody attorney at Hildebrand Law, PC. He has over 24 years of Arizona family law experience and has received multiple awards, including US News and World Report “Top Arizona Divorce Attorneys”, Phoenix Magazine “Top Divorce Law Firms”, and Arizona Foothills Magazine “Best of the Valley” award. He believes the policies and procedures he uses to get his clients through a divorce should all be guided by the principles of honesty, integrity, and actually caring about what his clients are going through in a divorce.