Washington Child Abuse Laws
|Code Section||26.44.010. et seq.|
|What Constitutes Abuse||The injury, sexual abuse/exploitation or negligent treatment of a child, under circumstances which indicate that such child's health, welfare, or safety is harmed|
|Mandatory Reporting Required By||All practitioners, coroners, law enforcement officer, school personnel, nurse, social services counselor, psychologist, pharmacist, child care providers, juvenile probation officer, health and social services department employee|
|Basis of Report of Abuse/neglect||Reasonable cause to believe that a child has suffered abuse or neglect|
|To Whom Reported||State Department of Social and Health Services or proper law enforcement agency|
|Penalty for Failure to Report or False Reporting||Gross Misdemeanor|
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