Child Abuse Reporting Laws for Connecticut

State and Statute: Connecticut, Gen. Stats. §§ 17a-101 et seq.

What Is Reportable "Abuse": Physical, sexual, or mental abuse, or neglect, inflicted by a person responsible for a child's health, welfare or care, or by a person given access to such child by such responsible person. [17a-101a]

“Child” is defined as any person who is under 18 years of age or any person under 21 years of age who is in full-time attendance in a secondary school, technical school, a college or state-accredited job training program. [17a-93(1)]

Mandatory Reporters: Includes any member of the clergy, any school employee, mental health professional, licensed marital and family therapist, or any person paid to care for a child in any public or private facility, child care center or family day care home which is licensed by the state. [17a-101(b)]

How and Where to Report: Report by phone or in person the Commissioner of Children and Families or a law enforcement agency. [17a-101b(a)]

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