Child Abuse Reporting Laws for West Virginia

State and Statute: West Virginia, Code §§ 49-2-801 et seq.

What Is Reportable "Abuse": Reasonable cause to suspect physical, mental, or sexual abuse or neglect. [49-2-803(a)(b)]

Mandatory Reporters: "Christian Science practitioner, religious healer, school teacher or other school personnel … child care … worker … member of the clergy … youth camp administrator or counselor, employee, coach or volunteer of an entity that provides organized activities for children." [49-2-803(a)]

How and Where to Report: "(B)y telephone to the local department child protective service agency and shall be followed by a written report within 48 hours if so requested by the receiving agency. The state department shall establish and maintain a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week telephone number (1-800-352-6513) to receive those calls reporting suspected or known child abuse or neglect." [49-2-809(a)].

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