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Tennessee Child Abuse Laws

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Code Section 37-1-401, et seq.
What Constitutes Abuse Any wound, injury, disability, or physical or mental condition which is of a nature as to reasonably indicate that it has been caused by brutality, abuse, or neglect; also includes sexual abuse
Mandatory Reporting Required By Physician, chiropractor, hospital personnel, any other health or mental health professional, spiritual healing practitioner, school teacher/personnel, judge, social worker, day care center worker, foster care worker, law enforcement officer, neighbor, relative, friend, or any other person
Basis of Report of Abuse/neglect Having knowledge or being called on to render aid to any child suffering from or sustaining a wound or injury which is of such a nature as to reasonably indicate or which on the basis of available information appears to indicate have been caused by brutality, abuse or neglect
To Whom Reported Department of Children's Services
Penalty for Failure to Report or False Reporting Class A misdemeanor: false reporting of child sexual abuse: Class E felony

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