Clergy as Mandatory Reporters of Child Abuse and Neglect - Guam

Date: May 2023

The Requirement for Clergy to Report 

Citation: Ann. Code Tit. 19, § 13201

Persons required to report suspected child abuse include, but are not limited to, any clergy member of any religious faith, or other similar functionary or employee of any church, place of worship, or other religious organization whose primary duties consist of teaching, spreading the faith, church governance, supervision of a religious order, or supervision or participation in religious ritual and worship.

Privileged Communications

Citation: Ann. Code Tit. 19, § 13201

No person may claim 'privileged communications' as a basis for their refusal or failure to report suspected child abuse or neglect or to provide child protective services or the Guam Police Department with required information. Such privileges are specifically abrogated with respect to reporting suspected child abuse or neglect or to providing information to the agency.