Child Abuse Reporting Laws for Wisconsin

State and Statute: Wisconsin, Code §§ 48.981

What Is Reportable "Abuse": Physical, emotional, or sexual abuse or neglect. [WI ST 48.02]

Mandatory Reporters: Any of the following persons who has reasonable cause to suspect that a child seen by the person in the course of professional duties has been abused or neglected: marriage and family therapist, professional counselor, school teacher, school administrator, school counselor, child-care worker in a day care center or residential care center for children and youth, day care provider. [48.981(2)(a)]

"A member of the clergy shall report … if the member of the clergy has reasonable cause to suspect that a child seen by the member of the clergy in the course of his or her professional duties (a) has been abused…or (b) has been threatened with abuse…and abuse of the child will likely occur." [48.981(2)(bm)(1)]

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