Child Abuse Reporting Laws for Maryland

STATE AND STATUTE: Maryland, Family Code §§ 5-701 et seq.

WHAT IS REPORTABLE "ABUSE": Physical or mental injury, or sexual abuse, “whether physical injuries are sustained or not.” [5-701(b)(1)(2)]

MANDATORY REPORTERS: Any person. [5-705]

HOW AND WHERE TO REPORT: Oral or written report to the local Department of Social Services or law enforcement agency. [5-705(a)(c)]

TIMELINE TO REPORT: “Reporting abuse or neglect by health practitioner, police officer, educator or human service worker shall notify as soon as possible.” [5-704(b)]

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