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Child Abuse Reporting Laws for Rhode Island

State and Statute: Rhode Island, Gen. Laws §§ 40-11-1 et seq.

What Is Reportable "Abuse": Physical, sexual, or mental abuse, neglect, or sexual exploitatioin by a person responsible for a child’s welfare (includes the child’s parent, guardian, foster parent, or any staff person at a child day care facility). [40-11-2]

Mandatory Reporters: Any person who has reasonable cause. [40-11-3(a)] [40-11-3(a)]

How and Where to Report: To the department of children, youth, and families, or via the state's 24-hour, toll-free hotline (1-800-742-4453).

Timeline to Report: Within 24 hours, but immediate notification for cases of nutritional deprivation or deprivation of medical or surgical intervention needed to treat a life-threatening condition. [40-11-3(a)(b)]

Clergy Privilege: "The privileged quality of communication between husband and wife and any professional ...

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