Immunity for Persons Who Report Child Abuse and Neglect - Missouri

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Immunity for Making Reports

Citation: Rev. Stat. § 210.135

Any person, official, or institution complying with the provisions of the reporting laws in making a report of any allegation of child abuse, neglect, or assault shall have immunity from any civil or criminal liability that otherwise might result by reason of such actions.

Additional Provisions of Immunity

Citation: Rev. Stat. § 210.135

Any person, official, or institution complying with the provisions of the reporting laws in taking color photographs, making radiologic examinations, or both; the removal or retaining a child pursuant to §§ 210.110 to 210.165; or in cooperating with the Children's Division or any other law enforcement agency, juvenile office, court, or child protective service agency of this or any other State shall have immunity from any civil or criminal liability that otherwise might result by reason of such actions. Any such person, official, or institution shall have the same immunity with respect to participation in any judicial proceeding resulting from the report.

An employee, including a contracted employee, of a State-funded child assessment center shall be immune from any civil liability that arises from the employee's participation in the investigation process and services by the child assessment center unless such person acted in bad faith. This subsection shall not displace or limit any other immunity provided by law.

Any person, who is not a school district employee, who makes a report to any employee of the school district of child abuse by a school employee shall have immunity from any civil or criminal liability that otherwise might result because of such report. Any such person shall have the same immunity with respect to participation in any judicial proceeding resulting from the report.

Limitations to Immunity

Citation: Rev. Stat. § 210.135

Any person, official, or institution intentionally filing a false report or acting in bad faith or with ill intent shall not have immunity from any civil or criminal liability.

Any such person who knowingly makes a false report or who acts in bad faith or with ill intent in making such report shall not have immunity from any civil or criminal liability.