Child Abuse Reporting Laws for Alaska

State and Statute: Alaska, Stats. §§ 47.17.010 et seq.

What Is Reportable "Abuse": Physical injury or neglect, sexual or mental abuse, sexual exploitation, or maltreatment. [47.17.010]

Mandatory Reporters: Includes school teachers and administrative staff of public and private schools and "child care providers" who provide child care for compensation, who in the performance of their occupational duties have reasonable cause to suspect that a child has been abused. Also includes volunteers of public or private schools who interact with children for more than four hours a week.

"This section does not require a religious healing practitioner to report as neglect of a child the failure to provide medical attention to the child if the child is provided treatment solely by spiritual means through prayer in accordance with the tenets and practices of a recognized church or religious denomination by an accredited practitioner of the church or denomination."

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