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May / June 2004

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What are mandatory reporters?

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What are mandatory reporters?

Mandatory reporters are defined by statute in almost every state. Most states limit mandatory reporters to people who usually work with children, including medical care providers (doctors, nurses, psychiatrists, and sometimes chiropractors), teachers, social workers, and occasionally clergy. These mandatory reporters must report to social services if they reasonably believe that child abuse or neglect is occurring, and there is often a penalty for not reporting. Some states require any person who has reason to believe that child abuse is occurring to report it.

Parents, you should always feel free to ask the doctor or counselor why he or she is asking certain questions, especially if you feel uncomfortable with the questions. Donít go in with an attitude of fear or defensiveness; just be cautious.