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Child Abuse Reporting Laws for New York

STATE AND STATUTE: New York, Soc. Serv. Law §§ 411 et seq. (originally enacted in 1973; statute language affecting what appears here most recently amended in 2017; all language verified here as of November of 2017)

WHAT IS REPORTABLE "ABUSE": A child under 18 defined as an abused child by the Family Court Act. [412]

MANDATORY REPORTERS: Includes any school official, social services worker, day care center worker, provider of family or group family day care, director of a children's overnight camp, summer day camp or traveling summer day camp, or any other child care or foster care worker, mental health professional having "reasonable cause to suspect that a child coming before them in their professional or official capacity is an abused or maltreated child, or when they have reasonable cause to suspect that a child is an abused or maltreated child where the parent, guardian, custodian or other person legally responsible for such child comes before them in their professional or official capacity and states from personal knowledge facts, conditions or circumstances which, if correct, would render the child an abused or maltreated child." [413(1)(a)] Any entity employing mandated reporters must provide them with written information explaining the reporting requirements set by the state. [413(2)]

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