Penalties for Failure to Report and False Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect - North Carolina

Date: February 2019

Failure to Report

Citation: Gen. Stat. § 7B-301

Any person or institution who knowingly or wantonly fails to report the case of a juvenile as required, or who knowingly or wantonly prevents another person from making a report as required, is guilty of a class 1 misdemeanor.

A director of social services who receives a report of sexual abuse of a juvenile in a child care facility and who knowingly fails to notify the State Bureau of Investigation of the report as required is guilty of a class 1 misdemeanor.

False Reporting

This issue is not addressed in the statutes reviewed.