Child Abuse Reporting Laws for North Dakota

State and Statute: North Dakota, Code §§ 50-25.1.01 et seq.

What Is Reportable "Abuse": Sexual abuse committed by anyone, or physical or mental abuse by a person responsible for the child's welfare (includes the child's parent, guardian, or foster parent; employee of a school or child care facility; or a person responsible for the child's welfare in a residential setting). [50-25.1-02(1) and 14-09-22]

Mandatory Reporters: Includes any "member of the clergy," "religious practitioner of the healing arts," schoolteacher or administrator, day care center, or any other child care worker. A person who has knowledge of or reasonable cause to suspect that a child is abused or neglected, based on images of sexual conduct by a child discovered on a workplace computer, shall report the circumstances to the department. (50-25.1-03(1))

How and Where to Report: Oral or written report to the Department of Human Services. Oral report must be followed by written report (if requested) within 48 hours. [50-25.1-03(2) and 50-25.1-04]

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