Child Abuse Reporting Laws for Indiana

State and Statute: Indiana, Code §§ 31-33-5-1 et seq.

What Is Reportable "Abuse": Physical, sexual, mental abuse, or neglect. [31-33-5-1]

Mandatory Reporters: "An individual who has reason to believe that a child is a victim of child abuse or neglect shall make a report." [31-33-5-1]

"If an individual is required to make a report under this article in the individual's capacity as a member of the staff of a…public or private institution, school, facility, or agency, the individual shall immediately notify the individual in charge of the institution, school, facility, or agency or the designated agent of the individual in charge of the institution, school, facility, or agency. An individual notified…shall report or cause a report to be made." [31-33-5-2]

"This chapter does not relieve an individual of the obligation to report on the individual's own behalf, unless a report has already been made to the best of the individual's belief." [31-33-5-3]

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