Immunity for Persons Who Report Child Abuse and Neglect - Iowa

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Immunity for Making Reports

Citation: Ann. Code § 232.73

A person participating in good faith in making a report shall have immunity from any civil or criminal liability that might otherwise be incurred or imposed.

Additional Provisions of Immunity

Citation: Ann. Code § 232.73

A person participating in good faith in taking photographs or x-rays, performing a medically relevant test, or aiding and assisting in an investigation of a child abuse report pursuant to the reporting laws shall have immunity from any civil or criminal liability that might otherwise be incurred or imposed. The person shall have the same immunity with respect to participation in good faith in any judicial proceeding resulting from the report or relating to the subject matter of the report.

A 'medically relevant test' is a test that produces reliable results of exposure to cocaine, heroin, amphetamine, methamphetamine, other illegal drugs, or combinations or derivatives of the illegal drugs, including a drug urine screen test.

Limitations to Immunity

This issue is not addressed in the statutes reviewed.