Establishment and Maintenance of Central Registries for Child Abuse or Neglect Reports - Arkansas

Date: May 2018

Establishment

Citation: Ann. Code § 12-18-901

There is established within the Department of Human Services a statewide Child Maltreatment Central Registry.

Purpose

This issue is not addressed in the statutes reviewed.

Contents

Citation: Ann. Code §§ 12-18-902; 15-18-906

The Child Maltreatment Central Registry shall contain records of cases on all true investigative determinations of child maltreatment. Records of all cases in which allegations are determined to be unsubstantiated shall not be included in the central registry.

Maintenance

Citation: Ann. Code §§ 12-18-904; 12-18-908; 12-18-910

An offender's name shall remain in the central registry, unless any of the following occurs:

  • The name is removed pursuant to this chapter or another statute.
  • The name is removed under a rule.
  • The name was provisionally placed in the registry, and the alleged offender subsequently prevails at an administrative hearing.
  • The offender prevails upon appeal.

If an adult offender is found guilty of, pleads guilty to, or pleads nolo contendere to an act that is the same act for which the offender is named in the central registry, regardless of any subsequent expunction of the offense from the offender's criminal record, the offender shall always remain in the central registry, unless the conviction is reversed or vacated.

Hard copy records of unsubstantiated reports shall be retained no longer than 18 months for purposes of audit.

Information on unsubstantiated reports included in the automated data system shall be retained indefinitely to assist the department and the State police in assessing future risk and safety.