Tennessee Child Abuse Laws
|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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