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Clergy as Mandatory Reporters of Child Abuse and Neglect

General Material
Published Date
January, 2012

This report gives a state-by-state accounting of when clergy are mandated reporters of child abuse and neglect. The report contains a chart that “summarizes how states have or have not addressed the issue of clergy as mandated reporters (either specifically or as part of a broad category) and/or clergy penitent privilege (either limiting or denying the privilege) within their reporting laws.”

* See also: State Guides and Manuals Search by the Child Welfare Information Gateway
The State Guides & Manuals Search links to online publications created by State agencies to describe their services and provide guidance on child welfare-related topics to both professional and personal audiences.” The topic of mandatory reporting by professionals is a searchable topic. Available information includes types of professionals or individuals mandated to report child abuse or neglect, the process for making reports of child abuse or neglect, and basic information on the definition of child abuse and neglect and what happens when a report is made.