PFSA has been supporting mandated reporters for more than 20 years.We developed the first state-approved curriculum to train mandated reporters in how to recognize and report child abuse; we also have developed training on child neglect and how to respond if a child discloses abuse.However, no child who in good faith is being treated solely by spiritual means through prayer in accordance with the tenets and practices of a recognized church or religious denomination by a duly accredited practitioner thereof shall, for that reason alone, be considered to be an abused child.(5) "Child service organization personnel" means persons employed by or volunteering at a business or an organization, whether public, private, for profit, not for profit, or voluntary, that provides care, treatment, education, training, supervision, coaching, counseling, recreational programs, or shelter to children.(6) "Clergy" means ministers, priests, rabbis, imams, or similar functionaries, by whatever name called, of a bona fide religious organization.(6.1) "Endangering a child" means:(A) Any act described by subsection (d) of Code Section 16-5-70;(B) Any act described by Code Section 16-5-73;(C) Any act described by subsection (l) of Code Section 40-6-391; or(D) Prenatal abuse, as such term is defined in Code Section 15-11-2.(7) "Pregnancy resource center" means an organization or facility that:(A) Provides pregnancy counseling or information as its primary purpose, either for a fee or as a free service;(B) Does not provide or refer for abortions;(C) Does not provide or refer for FDA approved contraceptive drugs or devices; and(D) Is not licensed or certified by the state or federal government to provide medical or health care services and is not otherwise bound to follow the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, P. 104-191, or other state or federal laws relating to patient confidentiality.(8) "Reproductive health care facility" means any office, clinic, or any other physical location that provides abortions, abortion counseling, abortion referrals, or gynecological care and services.(9) "School" means any public or private pre-kindergarten, elementary school, secondary school, technical school, vocational school, college, university, or institution of postsecondary education.(10) "Sexual abuse" means a person's employing, using, persuading, inducing, enticing, or coercing any minor who is not such person's spouse to engage in any act which involves:(A) Sexual intercourse, including genital-genital, oral-genital, anal-genital, or oral-anal, whether between persons of the same or opposite sex;(B) Bestiality;(C) Masturbation;(D) Lewd exhibition of the genitals or pubic area of any person;(E) Flagellation or torture by or upon a person who is nude;(F) Condition of being fettered, bound, or otherwise physically restrained on the part of a person who is nude;(G) Physical contact in an act of apparent sexual stimulation or gratification with any person's clothed or unclothed genitals, pubic area, or buttocks or with a female's clothed or unclothed breasts;(H) Defecation or urination for the purpose of sexual stimulation; or(I) Penetration of the vagina or rectum by any object except when done as part of a recognized medical procedure.
Any person making a report, whether required by this Code section or not, shall be immune from liability as provided in this subsection.(g) Suspected child abuse which is required to be reported by any person pursuant to this Code section shall be reported notwithstanding that the reasonable cause to believe such abuse has occurred or is occurring is based in whole or in part upon any communication to that person which is otherwise made privileged or confidential by law; provided, however, that a member of the clergy shall not be required to report child abuse reported solely within the context of confession or other similar communication required to be kept confidential under church doctrine or practice.
The superior court to which an application is made shall not grant the application unless:(A) The application includes a description of the proposed research project, including a specific statement of the information required, the purpose for which the project requires that information, and a methodology to assure the information is not arbitrarily sought;(B) The applicant carries the burden of showing the legitimacy of the research project; and(C) Names and addresses of individuals, other than officials, employees, or agents of agencies receiving or investigating a report of abuse which is the subject of a report, shall be deleted from any information released pursuant to this subsection unless the court determines that having the names and addresses open for review is essential to the research and the child, through his or her representative, gives permission to release the information.
Responsibilities Reasonable Cause How to Make a Report Important Facts ACS Office of Safety First Additional Resources for Mandated Reporters Mandated reporters often have frequent contact with children and have an early opportunity to help them get the intervention, support, and services they need to stay safe and well.
Such reports shall contain the names and addresses of the child and the child's parents or caretakers, if known, the child's age, the nature and extent of the child's injuries, including any evidence of previous injuries, and any other information that the reporting person believes might be helpful in establishing the cause of the injuries and the identity of the perpetrator.
Photographs of the child's injuries to be used as documentation in support of allegations by hospital employees or volunteers, physicians, law enforcement personnel, school officials, or employees or volunteers of legally mandated public or private child protective agencies may be taken without the permission of the child's parent or guardian.