Florida Child Abuse Laws
|Code Section||39.202, 205; 39.201; 39.01(2)|
|What Constitutes Abuse||Willful or threatened act resulting in physical, mental, or sexual injury or harm, causing or likely to cause impairment of physical, mental, or emotional health|
|Mandatory Reporting Required By||Physician, mental health professional, spiritual practitioner, school teacher, social worker, law enforcement officer, judge|
|Basis of Report of Abuse/neglect||One who knows or has reasonable cause to suspect neglect, abuse, or abandonment|
|To Whom Reported||Department of Children and Family Services|
|Penalty for Failure to Report or False Reporting||Misdemeanor in 1st degree; if knowingly made false report: felony in 3rd degree|
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