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Disclosure of Confidential Child Abuse and Neglect Records
Series: State Statutes|
Child Welfare Information Gateway |
|Year Published: 2013|
Current Through June 2013
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This factsheet discusses State laws detailing the officials and entities that may have access to the confidential records of child abuse and neglect reports and investigations, the circumstances under which information may be disclosed, and the appropriate use of confidential information. Public disclosure of information in cases of child abuse-related fatalities or near fatalities also is addressed. Summaries of laws for all States and U.S. territories are included.
Table of ContentsIntroduction
Confidentiality of Records
Persons or Entities Allowed Access to Records
When Public Disclosure of Records Is Allowed
Use of Records for Employment Screening
Summaries of State Laws
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Suggested Citation: Child Welfare Information Gateway. (2013). Disclosure of confidential child abuse and neglect records. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children's Bureau.
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