Here Are The Mandatory Reporting Laws In Georgia

Georgia

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

(2) Does the law require coaches to report child abuse? Yes. The law requires “child service organization personnel” to report abuse. Coaches are among the professions listed under the definition of “child service organization personnel.”

(3) Does the law require college staff to report child abuse? Yes. The law requires a variety of school staff to report. The statute expressly defines “school” as including a college or university.

(4) Does the law allow jail time for those who fail to properly report abuse? Yes; failing to report is a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and up to a $1,000 fine.

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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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