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Who is Required to Report Child Abuse and Neglect?

The Mandatory Reporter's Video (see links to the video in the box on the right side of this page) provides guidance for those who are required by state law to report child abuse or neglect.

Any person who has cause to believe that a child has suffered abuse or neglect should report such incidents.

Those people legally required to report child abuse or neglect are:

  • Medical practitioners
  • Nurses
  • Dentists
  • Social service counselors/therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Medical examiners
  • Pharmacists
  • School personnel
  • Child care providers
  • Law enforcement officers
  • Juvenile probation officers
  • Corrections employees
  • DSHS employees
  • Placement and liaison specialists
  • Responsible living skills program staff
  • HOPE center staff
  • State family and children's ombudsman
  • Any volunteer in the ombudsman's office
  • Adults residing with child suspected to have been severely abused
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