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Connecticut Child Abuse Laws

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Code Section §17a-100, et seq., §46b-120
What Constitutes Abuse Injuries which are at variance with the history given of them or other than by accidental means; malnutrition, sexual abuse, exploitation, deprivation of necessities, emotional maltreatment, cruel punishment
Mandatory Reporting Required By Physician, nurse, medical examiner, dentist, psychologist, school teacher, coach, guidance counselor or principal, social worker, police officer, mental health professional, health professional, certified substance abuse counselor, day care center worker, therapist, clergy
Basis of Report of Abuse/neglect Reasonable cause to suspect or believe that any child is being abused or in danger of being abused
To Whom Reported Commissioner of Children and Families or designee
Penalty for Failure to Report or False Reporting False report up to $2000 and/or jail up to 1 year; Fined $500-$2500 and required to participate in educational training program

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