Here Are The Mandatory Reporting Laws In Alabama

Alabama

(1) Does the state require everyone to report child abuse, including sex abuse?  No.

(2) Does the law require coaches to report child abuse? Not explicitly. However, coaches who work for schools, colleges, and universities are required to report on the basis of their employment by the school, college, or university.

(3) Does the law require college staff to report child abuse? Yes. The law requires “public and private K-12 employees, school teachers and officials” and “employees of public and private institutions of postsecondary and higher education” to report abuse.

(4) Does the law allow jail time for those who fail to properly report abuse? Yes: up to six months in jail and up to a $500 fine.

Notes: the law does require “any other person called upon to render aid or medical assistance to any child” to report abuse.

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Aaron Keller is an attorney licensed in two states. He holds a juris doctor degree from the University of New Hampshire School of Law and a broadcast journalism degree from Syracuse University. During law school, he completed legal residencies in the Office of the New Hampshire Attorney General and in a local prosecutor’s office. He was employed as a summer associate in the New Hampshire Department of Safety, which manages the state police, and further served as a summer law clerk for a New York trial judge. Before law school, Keller worked for television stations in New York and in the Midwest, mostly as an evening news anchor and investigative reporter. His original reporting on the Wisconsin murder of Teresa Halbach was years later featured in the Netflix film "Making A Murderer."

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