Child Abuse Reporting Laws for Ohio

State and Statute: Ohio, Code §§ 2151.01 et seq.

What Is Reportable "Abuse": Physical, mental, or sexual abuse. [2151.031]

Mandatory Reporters: "Any person who is … (a) licensed school psychologist; independent marriage and family therapist … administrator or employee of a child day-care center; administrator or employee of a residential camp, child day camp … school teacher; school employee; person other than a cleric rendering spiritual treatment through prayer in accordance with the tenets of a well-recognized religion …" [2151.421(A)(1)(b)]

"No cleric and no person, other than a volunteer, designated by any church, religious society, or faith acting as a leader, official, or delegate on behalf of the church, religious society, or faith who is acting in an official or professional capacity, who knows, or has reasonable cause to believe based on facts that would cause a reasonable person in a similar position to believe, that a child under eighteen years of age or a mentally retarded, developmentally disabled, or physically impaired child under twenty-one years of age has suffered or faces a threat of suffering any physical or mental wound, injury, disability, or condition of a nature that reasonably indicates abuse or neglect of the child, and who knows, or has reasonable cause to believe based on facts that would cause a reasonable person in a similar position to believe, that another cleric or another person, other than a volunteer, designated by a church, religious society, or faith acting as a leader, official, or delegate on behalf of the church, religious society, or faith caused, or poses the threat of causing, the wound, injury, disability, or condition that reasonably indicates abuse or neglect shall fail to immediately report that knowledge or reasonable cause to believe to the entity or persons specified in this division." [2151.421(A)(4)(a)]

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