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Confidentiality and Mandatory Reporting: A Clergy Dilemma?

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Published Date
January, 2014

There is increasing controversy surrounding the issue of mandatory reporting by clergy of physical or sexual abuse of children and the privilege of confidentiality within the pastoral role. Some clergy perceive the expectation of mandatory reporting of child abuse by helping professionals to be in direct conflict with their pastoral role. When state law requires clergy (along with all other helping professionals) to report suspected child abuse, some clergy feel that they face a dilemma.