State Laws. B. Child Abuse Reporting Requirements


1. Inclusion of statutory rape in reporting requirements

Mandatory reporters are required to report all cases in which they suspect someone they come in contact with has been abused or has abused a child.[634] The statutory definition of child abuse includes all of the offenses listed in the previous section. It does not include any provisions that indicated that it applies only to parents, guardians, or custodians of the child in question.[635]

2. Mandatory reporters

Mandatory reporters include: physical and mental health practitioners; school employees; peace officers; members of the clergy; social workers; foster care workers; attorneys; marriage and family therapists; court appointed special advocates; registered child care providers; employees of the Department of Human Services, State Commission on Children and Families, Child Care Division of the Employment Department, and Oregon Youth Authority; and employees of county health departments, community mental health and developmental disabilities programs, county juvenile departments, licensed child-caring agencies, or alcohol and drug treatment programs.[636] Psychiatrists, psychologists, attorneys, and members of the clergy are not required to report information legally considered to be privileged information.[637]

3. Who to report to

Mandated reporters must make an oral report to the local office of the Department of Human Services, the Department’s designee, or a local law enforcement agency.[638]

4. State response

After receiving a report, the Department of Human Services and law enforcement must notify one another’s local offices in the county where the report was made. Depending on their contract with the Department, designees of the Department should notify either law enforcement or the Department of reports.[639] All reports must be investigated immediately by either law enforcement or the Department. Law enforcement must notify the Department of all cases in which it finds cause to believe that abuse has occurred.[640]