Child Abuse Reporting Laws for Florida

State and Statute: Florida, Stats. §§ 39.201 et seq.

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." [39.20(1)(a)(b)] Some persons are required to disclose their name when reporting, but this does not apply to clergy. [39.202]

How and Where to Report: To the Department of Children and Family Services' toll-free statewide 24-hour telephone hotline (1-800-962-2873) or via fax, web-based chat, or web-based report (https://reportabuse.dcf.state.fl.us/Child/ChildForm.aspx). [39.201(2)(a)]

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