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Child Abuse Reporting

A New York court ruled that a school principal and counselor could be personally liable for failing to report suspected child abuse to state authorities.

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Key point 4-08. Every state has a child abuse reporting law that requires persons designated as mandatory reporters to report known or reasonably suspected incidents of child abuse. Ministers are mandatory reporters in many states. Some states exempt ministers from reporting child abuse if they learned of the abuse in the course of a conversation protected by the clergy-penitent privilege. Ministers may face criminal and civil liability for failing to report child abuse.

A New York court ruled that a school principal and counselor could be personally liable for failing to report suspected child abuse to state authorities.

A 9-year-old girl informed her mother that she had been sexually molested by her half-brother, Anthony. The mother reported this information to a school counselor who referred the girl to a counseling center for professional counseling. The mother then informed the school ...

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