Child Abuse Reporting Laws for Kentucky

State and Statute: Kentucky, Stats. §§ 620.030 et seq.

What Is Reportable "Abuse": Physical, sexual, emotional or mental abuse, or neglect. [620.010]

Mandatory Reporters: Any person who knows or has reasonable cause to believe that a child is abused. “Nothing in this section shall relieve individuals of their obligation to report.” [620.030(1)(2)]

How and Where to Report: Oral or written report to a local law enforcement agency, the Department of Kentucky State Police, the Cabinet for Health and Family Services or its designated representative, the state attorney general, or the county attorney. [620.030(1)(2)]

Timeline to Report: Immediately. Certain professions, including teqches, school personnel, child-caring personnel, or “any organization or agency” involving the professions listed, may be requested to provide a more detailed written report within 48 hours to local law enforecement, state police, the state cabinet, the state attorney, or county attorney. [620.030(2)]

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