Every state has laws that require certain people (called “mandatory reporters”) to report all suspected child abuse and neglect to the proper authorities or be liable to prosecution. Mandatory reporters are usually people who might come to know of instances of child abuse in the course of exercising their profession—doctors and other medical personnel, teachers and other educators, counselors and therapists, and social workers. If you have questions about whether you are a mandatory reporter, please contact HSLDA.

Learn more about mandatory reporting laws here.