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Child Abuse Reporting Laws for Florida

STATE AND STATUTE: Florida, Stats. §§ 39.201 et seq. (originally enacted in 1963; statute language affecting what appears here most recently amended in 2016; all language verified here as of November of 2017)

WHAT IS REPORTABLE "ABUSE": Physical, sexual, mental abuse, or neglect, by a parent, legal custodian, caregiver, or other person responsible for the child's welfare. Physical, sexual, or mental abuse by any adult. [39.201]

MANDATORY REPORTERS: Any person who knows, or has reasonable cause to suspect, that a child is abused. "Any person who knows, or has reasonable cause to suspect, that a child is the victim of childhood sexual abuse or the victim of a known or suspected juvenile sexual offender … shall report such knowledge or suspicion." Some persons are required to disclose their name when reporting, but this does not apply to clergy.

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