1. Inclusion of statutory rape in reporting requirements
Mandated reporters are required to report of all cases in which they suspect a child under 18 years of age has been the victim of abuse. Although the sexual offenses defined in the criminal code are not specifically referenced, the definition of abuse contains specific reference to sexual conduct, including rape and molestation. The reporting requirement does not include any provisions that indicate that it applies only to parents, guardians, or custodians of the child in question.
2. Mandatory reporters
Mandatory reporters include: any physical or mental health provider, school teacher, day care personnel, social worker, or other person having reason to believe that a child under 18 years of age has been abused. Clergy members who learn of abuse through confidential communication are exempted from reporting requirements.
3. Who to report to
Mandated reporters are required to inform the Department of Health and Welfare or law enforcement within 24 hours of encountering a case of suspected abuse.
4. State response
Law enforcement must notify the Department of Health and Welfare of any reports of alleged abuse that it receives.