Clergy as Mandatory Reporters of Child Abuse and Neglect - Delaware

Date: May 2023

The Requirement for Clergy to Report 

Citation: Ann. Code Tit. 16, § 903 

Any person, agency, organization, or entity that knows, or in good faith suspects, that child abuse or neglect has occurred shall make a report in accordance with § 904 of this title.

Privileged Communications

Citation: Citation: Ann. Code Tit. 16, § 909 

No legally recognized privilege, except that between attorney and client and that between priest and penitent in a sacramental confession, shall apply to situations involving known or suspected child abuse, neglect, exploitation, or abandonment and shall not constitute grounds for failure to report as required or to give or accept evidence in any judicial proceeding relating to child abuse or neglect.