Clergy as Mandatory Reporters of Child Abuse and Neglect - Wyoming

Date: May 2023

The Requirement for Clergy to Report 

Citation: Ann. Stat. § 14-3-205(a) 

Any person who knows or has reasonable cause to believe or suspect that a child has been abused or neglected, or who observes any child being subjected to conditions or circumstances that would reasonably result in abuse or neglect, shall immediately report it to the child protective agency or local law enforcement agency or cause a report to be made.

Privileged Communications

Citation: Ann. Stat. § 14-3-210 

Evidence regarding a child in any judicial proceeding resulting from a report made pursuant to the reporting laws shall not be excluded on the grounds it constitutes a privileged communication, and the privilege of confidential communication may not be claimed under any provision of law other than 1-12-101(a)(ii) regarding privilege of a clergy member or priest as it relates to a confession made to them in their professional character if enjoined by the church to which they belong.