Clergy as Mandatory Reporters of Child Abuse and Neglect - Virginia

Date: May 2023

The Requirement for Clergy to Report 

Citation: Ann. Code § 63.2-1509

Mandatory reporters include ministers, priests, rabbis, imams, or duly accredited practitioners of any religious organization or denomination.

Privileged Communications

Citation: Ann. Code § 63.2-1509

A minister, priest, rabbi, imam, or duly accredited practitioner of any religious organization or denomination must report unless the information supporting the suspicion of child abuse or neglect is required by the doctrine of the religious organization or denomination to be kept in a confidential manner or would be subject to § 8.01-400 or § 19.2-271.3 (regarding clergy-penitent communications) if offered as evidence in court.