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Alabama Child Abuse Laws

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Code Section 26-14-1, et seq.
What Constitutes Abuse Harm or threatened harm to a child's health or welfare through nonaccidental physical or mental injury or sexual abuse/exploitation
Mandatory Reporting Required By All hospitals, clinics, sanitariums, doctors, medical examiners, dentists, chiropractors, nurses, school teachers and officials, pharmacists, law enforcement officers, social workers, day care workers, mental health professionals, members of the clergy unless privileged communication, or anyone else called upon to render aid or medical assistance to any child
Basis of Report of Abuse/neglect When a child is known or suspected to be victim of abuse or neglect
To Whom Reported Department of Human Resources
Penalty for Failure to Report or False Reporting Knowingly fail to report: misdemeanor with up to 6 months jail or $500

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