Child Abuse Reporting Laws for Mississippi

State and Statute: Mississippi, Code §§ 43-21-353 et seq.

What Is Reportable "Abuse": Physical, sexual, or mental abuse, or neglect. [43-21-353]

Mandatory Reporters: Includes any minister, child care giver, private school employee, or "any other person having reasonable cause to suspect" that a child is abused. [43-21-353(1)]

How and Where to Report: Oral report by telephone to the Department of Human Services, followed by a written report as soon as possible. [43-21-353(1)]

Timeline to Report: Immediately. [43-21-353(1)]

Clergy Privilege: No reference.

Penalty for Knowingly Failing to Report: Fine not to exceed $5,000, or imprisonment not to exceed one year, or both. [43-21-353(7)]

Civil Liability for Failure to Report Recognized? No statute recognizes civil liability. Consult with legal counsel to ensure no recent court decisions in Mississippi have recognized civil liability.

Log In For Full Access

Interested in becoming a member? Learn more.

View All
from our store
2020 Church & Clergy Tax Guide

2020 Church & Clergy Tax Guide

Find comprehensive help understanding United States tax laws as they relate to pastors and churches.
Nonprofit Financial Oversight

Nonprofit Financial Oversight

The concise and complete guide for boards and finance committees
Board Member Orientation

Board Member Orientation

The concise and complete guide to nonprofit board service
Smart Money for Church Salaries

Smart Money for Church Salaries

This resource takes you on a journey through real-life case studies to uncover compensation issues and navigate their solutions.

ChurchSalary

ChurchSalary

Let ChurchSalary do the work. Get personalized compensation reports for staff and pastors.