All states require that if certain defined persons know or suspect that child abuse is going on, they report the abuse to the authorities.
Mandatory vs. Permissive Reporting
Though the states may differ with regard to who is a mandatory reporter, in every state everyone is permitted to report child abuse. A person who reports child abuse voluntarily is known as a permissive reporter.
Each state is different but usually these professions are mandated.
- Day care workers
- Dental assistants and hygienists
- Doctors’ office staff persons
- Emergency medical technicians
- Family practitioners
- Foster care workers
- Hospital personnel
- Medical examiners
- Nurse practitioners
- Police officers
- Practical nurses
- Psychiatrists and psychologists
- Registered nurses
- School administrators, advisors, and paraprofessionals
- Social workers
Here is the info on mandatory reporting. Please check your state to see who is mandated.