Child Abuse Reporting Laws for Delaware

State and Statute: Delaware, Code Title 16 §§ 901 et seq.

What Is Reportable "Abuse": Physical injury or neglect by those responsible for the care, custody and control of the child; emotional or sexual abuse by anyone. [901]

Mandatory Reporters: Includes any person who knows or in good faith suspects child abuse or neglect. [903(a)]

How and Where to Report: Oral report to the Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families (a telephone call to the 24-hour, toll-free hotline (1-800-292-9582) is acceptable). "Written report, if requested, shall be made in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Division, or in accordance with the rules and regulations adopted by the Division." [904(a)]

Timeline to Report: Immediately. [904(a)]

Clergy Privilege: "No legally recognized privilege, except that between…priest and penitent in a sacramental confession, shall apply to situations involving known or suspected child abuse…and shall not constitute grounds for failure to report [child abuse] or to give or accept evidence in any judicial proceeding relating to child abuse or neglect." [909(a)]

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