Child Abuse Reporting Laws for Washington

State and Statute: Washington, Code §§ 26.44.010 et seq.

What Is Reportable "Abuse": Physical, mental, or sexual abuse, sexual exploitation, or neglect. [26.44.020]

Mandatory Reporters: Includes any professional school personnel, licensed or certified child care providers or their employees.

"When any person, in his or her official supervisory capacity with a nonprofit or for-profit organization, has reasonable cause to believe that a child has suffered abuse or neglect caused by a person over whom he or she regularly exercises supervisory authority, he or she shall report such incident, or cause a report to be made, to the proper law enforcement agency, provided that the person alleged to have caused the abuse or neglect is employed by, contracted by, or volunteers with the organization and coaches, trains, educates, or counsels a child or children or regularly has unsupervised access to a child or children as part of the employment, contract, or voluntary service.

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