Author Archives: Richard Leslie

Child Abuse Report Required or Permitted?

… A parent smokes marijuana (one time) in front of her 17-year old daughter and tells her therapist about this. Is a child abuse report [...]

Emancipation of Minor

… What is the effect, if any, of your state’s emancipation of minor laws on your duty as a mandated reporter of child abuse? The answer [...]

Identity of the Reporter

… Child abuse reporting laws in the various states are similar in many respects, although there are differences. Much of the focus of [...]

Neglect? – No Medical Treatment of Child or Treatment by Prayer

… What if a therapist or counselor learns during the course of providing services that a child is not receiving medical treatment for [...]

Does A Statute Of Limitations Exist?

I have written extensively about child abuse and child abuse reporting requirements in prior issues of this Bulletin. Those articles [...]

Refusal to TAKE a Report

… One problem that has arisen for mandated reporters of child abuse is the occasional refusal or failure (due to unavailability) of the [...]

Immunity From Liability

Most child abuse reporting laws provide immunity from liability for those mandated reporters who make a child abuse report that is [...]

Child Abuse Reporting 4

… Are you required to report child abuse if your patient tells you of the abuse and that it has already been reported? The answer to [...]

Child Abuse Reporting 5

… Each state has a child abuse reporting law where licensed mental health practitioners and others are required to report known or [...]

Child Abuse Reporting – An Exception?

… In an interesting case in California, an appeals court has ruled that a defense attorney in a juvenile court matter may hire his or [...]

Child Abuse Reporting – A Dilemma Fully Explored

… While I have written about this topic recently, I was asked to comment on the topic again – that is, the situation where a registered [...]

Confidentiality and Child Abuse Reporting

The duty to report child abuse is one of the exceptions to the practitioner’s legal and ethical duty of confidentiality. Many [...]

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