New York Child Abuse Laws
|Code Section||Soc. Services. §411-428|
|What Constitutes Abuse||Injury by other than accidental means causing death, disfigurement, impairment of physical or emotional health; deliberate indifference causing such injury; creating substantial risk of such injury; sexual abuse, permitting sexual criminal behavior|
|Mandatory Reporting Required By||Physician, coroner, dentist, chiropractor, psychologist, nurse, school official, hospital personnel, social services worker, day care center worker, mental health professional, Christian Science practitioner, substance abuse/alcoholism counselor, peace officer, police officer, district attorney, residential care facility worker, foster care worker, optometrist, podiatrist, EMT; any person may report|
|Basis of Report of Abuse/neglect||Reasonable cause to suspect that a child is abused or maltreated or knows from personal knowledge of parent or guardian, facts, conditions, or circumstances which, if correct, would render the child abused or maltreated|
|To Whom Reported||Statewide central register of child abuse or local child protective services|
|Penalty for Failure to Report or False Reporting||Class A misdemeanor and civil liability|
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