Child Abuse Reporting Laws for Idaho

State and Statute: Idaho, Stats. §§ 16-1605 et seq.

What Is Reportable "Abuse": Physical, sexual, or mental abuse, abandonment, or neglect. "No child whose parent or guardian chooses for such child treatment by prayers through spiritual means alone in lieu of medical treatment, shall be deemed for that reason alone to be neglected." [16-1602]

Mandatory Reporters: Includes any school teacher, day care personnel, social worker, or other person having reason to believe that a child has been abused. [16-1605]

How and Where to Report: Department of Health and Welfare or a law enforcement agency. [16-1605]

Timeline to Report: Within 24 hours. [16-1605]

Clergy Privilege: Duly ordained minister of religion ... "The notification requirements… do not apply to a duly ordained minister of religion, with regard to any confession or confidential communication made to him in his ecclesiastical capacity in the course of discipline enjoined by the church to which he belongs if: (1) the church qualifies as tax-exempt…2) the confession or confidential communication was made directly to the duly ordained minister of religion; and (3) the confession or confidential communication was made in the manner and context which places the duly ordained minister of religion specifically and strictly under a level of confidentiality that is considered inviolate by canon law or church doctrine. A confession or confidential communication made under any other circumstances does not fall under this exemption." [16-1605(2) and 16-1605(3)]

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