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Washington Child Abuse Laws

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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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