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 chief law enforcement official of the municipality where the child resides. [403(a)(2)] For sexual abuse cases, "to the local office of the department responsible for the investigation of reports made pursuant to this section or to the judge having juvenile jurisdiction or to the office of the sheriff or the chief law enforcement official of the municipality where the child resides." [605(b)(1)]

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