Did you know that anyone who takes care of a child is a Mandatory Reporter of child abuse? This includes parents, volunteers, coaches, relatives, family members and any staff who are employed by an agency that works with children. Schools, day cares, hospitals, church staff or social service agencies are part of mandatory reporters, among many others. The Arizona Revised Stature 13-3620 states that if you have a reasonable belief that a minor has been the victim of physical injury that was non-accidental, sexual/ emotional abuse, or neglect, you must immediately report this to law enforcement or Child Protective Services.
A person who furnishes a report is immune from any civil or criminal liability unless the person acted in malice or is the actual child abuser. A person can be charged with a class 6 felony for not reporting sexual offenses and a class 1 misdemeanor for not reporting physical/emotional abuse or neglect. Call the CPS hotline 1-888-SOS-CHILD AND 911 IMMEDIATELY if you suspect abuse.
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