State Laws. B. Child Abuse Reporting Requirements


1. Inclusion of statutory rape in reporting requirements

Mandated reporters are required to report abuse, including sexual abuse.[513] The statute defines sexual abuse to only include those offenses perpetrated by a child’s parent or caretaker.[514]

2. Mandatory reporters

Any individual who suspects that a child has been the victim of abuse is required to notify the appropriate authorities.[515]

3. Who to report to

All reports of suspected child abuse shall be made immediately, via telephone or otherwise, to the Division of Youth and Family Services.[516]

4. State response

The Division of Youth and Family Services is required to forward all reports of abuse to its Central Registry in Trenton. The Division may request assistance from law enforcement if it deems it necessary to insure the safety of the child.[517]