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Penalties for Failure to Report and False Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect
Series: State Statutes|
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|Year Published: 2012|
Current Through August 2012
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This factsheet discusses laws that impose penalties, in the form of either fines or jail time or both, on mandatory reporters who fail to report cases of suspected child abuse and neglect as required by the reporting laws. State laws also may impose penalties on any person who knowingly makes a false report of abuse or neglect. Summaries of laws for all States and U.S. territories are included.
Table of ContentsIntroduction
Penalties for Failure to Report
Penalties for False Reporting
Summaries of State Laws
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Suggested Citation: Child Welfare Information Gateway. (2012). Penalties for failure to report and false reporting of child abuse and neglect. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children's Bureau.
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