Child Abuse Reporting Laws for New Hampshire

State and Statute: New Hampshire, N.H. Rev. Stat. §§ 169-C:2 et seq.

What Is Reportable "Abuse": Physical, sexual, or psychological abuse or neglect. [169-C:3(II.)]

Mandatory Reporters: Includes any priest, minister, rabbi, therapist, teacher, school official, school counselor, social worker, day care worker, or other person having reason to suspect that a child has been abused or neglected. [169-C:29]

How and Where to Report: Orally via telephone to Department of Health and Human Services, followed by a written report within 48 hours if requested. [169-C:30]

Timeline to Report: Immediately. [169-C:30]

Clergy Privilege: "The privileged quality of communication between husband and wife and any professional person and his patient or client, except that between attorney and client, shall not apply to proceedings instituted pursuant to this chapter and shall not constitute grounds for failure to report as required by this chapter." [169-C:32]

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