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Child Abuse Reporting Laws for Arkansas

Last Reviewed: June 2, 2021

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 child maltreatment from the alleged offender in the context of a statement of admission." Also includes any teacher, school official, public ...

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  • November 30, 2017
  • Last Reviewed: June 2, 2021

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