Clergy as Mandatory Reporters of Child Abuse and Neglect - Mississippi

Date: May 2023

The Requirement for Clergy to Report 

Citation: Ann. Code § 43-21-353

Any minister who has reasonable cause to suspect that a child is a neglected child, an abused child, or a victim of commercial sexual exploitation or human trafficking shall cause an oral report to be made immediately, by telephone or otherwise, to be followed as soon thereafter as possible by a report in writing to the Department of Child Protection Services.

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This issue is not addressed in the statutes reviewed.