Maryland Child Abuse Laws
|Code Section||Family Law §5-701, et seq.|
|What Constitutes Abuse||Physical or mental injury of a child under circumstances that indicate the child's health or welfare is harmed or at substantial risk of being harmed; sexual abuse|
|Mandatory Reporting Required By||All health practitioners, police officers, educators, human service workers. Any other person, if notification does not violate privilege or confidentiality|
|Basis of Report of Abuse/neglect||Reason to believe a child has been subjected to abuse or neglect|
|To Whom Reported||Social Services Administration of the department or appropriate law enforcement agency|
|Penalty for Failure to Report or False Reporting||-|
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