Child Abuse Reporting Laws for Arkansas

State and Statute: Arkansas, Code §§ 12-18-101 et seq.

What Is Reportable "Abuse": Physical, sexual, or mental abuse, neglect, sexual exploitation, or abandonment. [12-18-103(7)]

Mandatory Reporters: Includes "any clergy member, which includes a minister, priest, rabbi, accredited Christian Science practitioner, or other similar functionary of a religious organization, or an individual reasonably believed to be so by the person consulting him or her, except to the extent that the clergy member:

(A) Has acquired knowledge of suspected maltreatment through communications required to be kept confidential pursuant to the religious discipline of the relevant denomination or faith; or (B) Received the knowledge of the suspected maltreatment from the offender in the context of a statement of admission." Also includes any teacher, school official, school counselor, nonprofit employee (except for hospital), social worker, family service worker, day care center worker, or any other child or foster care worker, or mental health professional, who has reasonable cause to suspect that a child has been subjected to child maltreatment. [12-18-402(29)(A)(B)]

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