Child Abuse Reporting Laws for Colorado

State and Statute: Colorado, Stats. §§ 19-3-301 et seq.

What Is Reportable "Abuse": Physical, sexual, or emotional abuse, or neglect, by a parent, guardian, or legal custodian. [19-1-103]

Mandatory Reporters: Includes any "clergy member," public or private school official or employee, licensed professional counselors, licensed marriage and family therapists, registered psychotherapists. [19-3-304(II)(B)(2) and 19-3-304(aa)(I)]

How and Where to Report: Local law enforcement agency or local department of social services or through the state's child abuse reporting hotline (1-844-264-5437), "followed promptly by a written report." [19-3-307]

Timeline to Report: Immediately. [19-3-307]

Clergy Privilege: A clergy member's duty to report child abuse "shall not apply to a person who acquires reasonable cause to know or suspect that a child has been subjected to abuse or neglect during a communication [subject to the clergy-penitent privilege] unless the person also acquires such reasonable cause from a source other than such a communication."

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