Child Abuse Reporting Laws for Oklahoma

State and Statute: Oklahoma, Stats. title 10A, §§ 1-2-101 et seq.

What Is Reportable "Abuse": Physical, sexual, or mental abuse, neglect, or sexual exploitation by a person responsible for the child’s health or welfare (includes a parent; legal guardian; custodian; foster parent; owner, operator, or employee of a child care facility). [1-2-101(B)(1) and 1-1-105]

Mandatory Reporters: "Every person having reason to believe that a child under the age of eighteen (18) years is a victim of abuse or neglect." [1-2-101(B)(1)]

How and Where to Report: Via telephone to the county office of the Department of Human Services and/or the state's 24-hour, toll-free hotline (1-800-522-3511). [1-2-101(B)(1)]

Timeline to Report: Immediately. [1-2-101(B)(1)]

Clergy Privilege: "No privilege or contract shall relieve any person from the requirement of reporting pursuant to this section." [1-2-101(B)(4)]

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