Child Abuse Reporting Laws for Illinois

State and Statute: Illinois, 325 Ill. Comp. Stats. §§ 5/1 et seq.

What Is Reportable "Abuse": Physical, sexual, or mental abuse inflicted by a parent, family member, person residing in same home as child, or any person responsible for the child's welfare (includes parents, guardians, persons within a not-for-profit child care facility, and "any other person responsible for the child's welfare at the time of the abuse, or any person who came to know the child through an official capacity or position of trust, including educational personnel, recreational supervisors, members of the clergy, and volunteers or support personnel in any setting where children may be subject to abuse").

A child is not considered neglected or abused "for the sole reason that such child's parent or other person responsible for his or her welfare depends upon spiritual means through prayer alone for the treatment or cure of disease." [325 § 5/3]

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