Connecticut Child Abuse Laws
|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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