Child Abuse Reporting Laws for North Carolina

State and Statute: North Carolina, Stats. §§ 7B-101 et seq.

What Is Reportable "Abuse": Physical, sexual, or mental abuse or neglect by a child's guardian, custodian, or caretaker (a "caretaker" is any person having responsibility for the welfare of a child in a residential setting; a "custodian" is a person or agency that has been awarded legal custody of a child, or a person who has assumed the status of a parent). [7B-101]

Mandatory Reporters: Any person or institution who has cause to suspect that any juvenile is abused. [7B-301]

How and Where to Report: “Orally, by telephone, or in writing,” to the director of the department of social services in the county where the juvenile resides or is found. [7B-301(a)]

Timeline to Report: No reference.

Clergy Privilege: "No privilege shall be grounds for any person or institution failing to report that a juvenile may have been abused…even if the knowledge or suspicion is acquired in an official professional capacity, except when the knowledge or suspicion is gained by an attorney from that attorney's client during representation only in the abuse…case. No privilege, except the attorney-client privilege, shall be grounds for excluding evidence of abuse…in any judicial proceeding in which a juvenile's abuse…is in issue nor in any judicial proceeding resulting from a report submitted under this Article, both as this privilege relates to the competency of the witness and to the exclusion of confidential communications." [7B-310]

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