Who is Required to Report Child Abuse or Neglect in Arizona?
It comes as a surprise to most people that not everyone is required to report reasonable concerns about the abuse or neglect of a child. Of course, we all have a moral obligation to take the necessary steps to protect children, but the law just doesn’t require everyone to report such concerns.
The child abuse laws in Arizona provide that individuals who are required by law to report a reasonable concern regarding the abuse or neglect of a child are referred to as “mandatory reporters.” A mandatory reporter is required by law to report, either to the law enforcement or Arizona Department of Child Safety, any reasonable belief a child has been either abused or neglected.
The types of individuals who are mandatory reporters include: police officers, medical professionals such as doctors and nurses, mental health professionals (counselors, social workers and psychologists), school personnel, parents of the child, step-parents or guardians of children, or any person who is in a position of caring for a child, such as a daycare provider.
If you are a parent of a child and you believe the other parent is abusing or neglecting the children to the extent that such abuse or neglect places a child in imminent risk of serious harm, you may file an Emergency Petition to modify or suspend the other parent’s parenting time with the child.
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Chris Hildebrand wrote this article about who is required to report concerns of child abuse in Arizona to ensure everyone has access to information about child abuse laws in Arizona. Chris is a family law 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 child abuse case should all be guided by the principles of honesty, integrity, and actually caring about what his clients are going through.