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Child Abuse Reporting Laws for Tennessee

State and Statute: Tennessee, Code §§ 37-1-401 et seq.

What Is Reportable "Abuse": Physical, mental, or sexual abuse, or neglect. [403 and 605]

Mandatory Reporters: Any person [403(a)(1)] Includes (but is not limited to) "(a)uthority figures at a community facility … for educational, religious, social, health, or welfare purposes, including, but not limited to, facilities operated by schools … or church or religious organizations," practitioners relying on spiritual means for healing, school teachers, school officials, and school personnel. [605(a)]

How and Where to Report: By telephone or otherwise, to the judge having juvenile jurisdiction over the child; the department of children's services (either the local office or the department's centralized intake procedure, where applicable); sheriff of the county where the child resides; or the ...

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