Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect - New Hampshire

Date: May 2023

Professionals Required to Report
Citation: Rev. Stat. § 169-C:29

The following professionals are required to report: 

  • Physicians, surgeons, county medical examiners, psychiatrists, residents, interns, dentists, osteopaths, optometrists, chiropractors, nurses, hospital personnel, or Christian Science practitioners 
  • Teachers, school officials, nurses, or counselors 
  • Daycare workers or any other child or foster care workers 
  • Social workers 
  • Psychologists or therapists 
  • Priests, ministers, or rabbis 
  • Law enforcement officials 

Training Requirements for Mandatory Reporters

Training for mandatory reporters is not addressed in the laws and policies reviewed.

For a brief overview of the responsibilities of mandatory reporters, see Report Child Abuse on the website of the Division for Children, Youth and Families.

Reporting by Other Persons
Citation: Rev. Stat. § 169-C:29

All other persons who have reason to suspect that a child has been abused or neglected must report. 

Institutional Responsibility to Report

This issue is not addressed in the statutes reviewed. 

Standards for Making a Report
Citation: Rev. Stat. § 169-C:29

A report is required when a person has reason to suspect that a child has been abused or neglected. 

Privileged Communications
Citation: Rev. Stat. § 169-C:32

Only the attorney-client privilege is permitted. 

Inclusion of the Reporter's Name in the Report

The reporter is not specifically required by statute to provide their name in the report. 

Disclosure of the Reporter's Identity
Citation: Rev. Stat. § 170-G:8-a

The case records of the Department of Health and Human Services do not include the name of a person who makes a report of suspected abuse or neglect of a child or any information that would identify the reporter.