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Child Abuse Reporting Laws for Massachusetts

STATE AND STATUTE: Massachusetts, Gen. Laws chpt. 119, 51A (originally enacted in 1973; statute language affecting what appears here most recently amended in 2012; all language verified here as of November of 2017)

WHAT IS REPORTABLE "ABUSE": Physical, sexual, or mental abuse, or neglect. [51A(a)]

MANDATORY REPORTERS: Includes a person who is (1) a public or private school teacher, educational administrator, guidance or family counselor, child care worker, person paid to care for or work with a child in any public or private facility, or (2) "a priest, rabbi, clergy member, ordained or licensed minister, leader of any church or religious body, accredited Christian Science practitioner, person performing official duties on behalf of a church or religious body that are recognized as the duties of a priest, rabbi, clergy, ordained or licensed minister, leader of any church or religious body, accredited Christian Science practitioner, or person employed by a church or religious body to supervise, educate, coach, train or counsel a child on a regular basis." [51A(a)]

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