Clergy as Mandatory Reporters of Child Abuse and Neglect - Colorado

Date: May 2023

The Requirement for Clergy to Report 

Citation: Ann. Stat. § 19-3-304

Persons required to report suspected child abuse or neglect shall include clergy members. The term 'clergy member' means a priest; rabbi; duly ordained, commissioned, or licensed minister of a church; member of a religious order; or recognized leader of any religious body.

Privileged Communications

Citation: Ann. Stat. §§ 19-3-304; 13-90-107(1)(c)

The provisions of this paragraph shall not apply to a person who acquires reasonable cause to know or suspect that a child has been subjected to abuse or neglect during a communication about which the person may not be examined as a witness pursuant to § 13-90-107(1)(c) unless the person also acquires such reasonable cause from a source other than such communication.

A clergy member, minister, priest, or rabbi shall not be examined without both their consent and also the consent of the person making the confidential communication as to any confidential communication made to them in their professional capacity in the course of discipline expected by the religious body to which they belong.