Anyone who works with children and suspects a child is being abused is a mandated reporter. People required to report child abuse include, but are not limited to:
- School administrators, teachers, and nurses
- Social services workers
- Day-care center workers or child-care/foster-care workers
- Hospital personnel who admit, examine, care for or treat children
- Members of the clergy
- Mental health professionals
- Law enforcement
Mandated reporters of child abuse should call Childline (1-800-932-0313) immediately after receiving a report of child abuse or when they suspect child abuse. In the event of an emergency, a mandated reporter should contact the police.
A mandated reporter who intentionally fails to contact authorities is committing a criminal offense. Mandated reporters who, in good faith, make a report of child abuse, cooperate with an investigation, testify in court proceedings, take photographs, or remove a child to protective custody, have immunity from any civil or criminal liability.