Georgia Child Abuse Laws
Child abuse, which also includes neglect, sexual abuse, and exploitation, is considered a very serious crime in all states. Georgia child abuse laws also require adults with regular access to children (such as teachers and doctors) to report any credible signs of abuse. Failure to comply with mandatory reporting requirements is a misdemeanor in Georgia.
|What Constitutes Abuse||Physical injury or death inflicted on a child by other than accidental means including neglect, sexual abuse/exploitation|
|Mandatory Reporting Required By||Physicians, hospital personnel, dentists psychologists, nurses, social workers, counselors, school teachers/officials, child welfare agency and child service organization personnel, law enforcement personnel, podiatrists|
|Basis of Report of Abuse/neglect||Reasonable cause to believe a child has been abused|
|To Whom Reported||Child welfare agency providing protective services as designated by Department of Human Resources (or in absence of such, to police authority or district attorney)|
|Penalty for Failure to Report or False Reporting||Misdemeanor|
Note: State laws are constantly changing -- contact a Georgia criminal defense attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.
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