State Laws. B. Child Abuse Reporting Requirements


1. Inclusion of statutory rape in reporting requirements

Mandated reporters are required to report all instances where they suspect that a child has been injured as a result of sexual abuse.[303] The definition of sexual abuse makes specific reference to section of the Kansas Statutes that contains the offenses listed in the previous section. The definition does not include any provisions that indicate that it applies only to defendants responsible for the care of the victim.[304]

2. Mandatory reporters

Mandatory reporters include: physical and mental health practitioners; teachers, school administrators, and other school employees; chief administrative officers of medical facilities; licensed marriage and family therapists; registered drug and alcohol abuse counselors; child care providers; juvenile intake and assessment workers; and law enforcement officers.[305]

3. Who to report to

Mandatory reporters are required to make oral reports to the Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services. When requested by the Department, an oral report must be followed by a written report. If the Department is not open for business, reports should be made to the appropriate law enforcement agency (law enforcement must notify the Department when it receives these reports).[306]

4. State response

Investigations of abuse can be conducted by either the Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services or law enforcement. In cases of alleged sexual abuse, the two agencies must conduct a joint investigation.[307]