Kansas Child Abuse Laws
|Code Section||38-1501, et seq.|
|What Constitutes Abuse||Infliction of mental, physical, or emotional injury causing deterioration of child including negligent treatment, maltreatment, or exploitation to the extent the child's health or emotional well-being is endangered; includes sexual abuse|
|Mandatory Reporting Required By||Person licensed to practice healing arts or dentistry, law enforcement personnel, psychologists, nurses, family/marriage therapists, school teachers or administrators, child care workers, social workers, EMS personnel, firefighters, appointed mediators|
|Basis of Report of Abuse/neglect||Reasonably suspects child has been injured as a result of physical, mental, or emotional abuse or neglect or sexual abuse|
|To Whom Reported||Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services or law enforcement agency|
|Penalty for Failure to Report or False Reporting||Willful and knowing failure to report or prevention or interference with reporting: Class B misdemeanor|
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