Here Are The Mandatory Reporting Laws In Missouri

Missouri

(1) Does the state require everyone to report child abuse, including sex abuse? No, but the reporting requirement is legally quite broad. Any “person with responsibility for the care of children” must report abuse.

(2) Does the law require coaches to report child abuse? Yes, most likely. Though coaches are not named explicitly, a coach is likely considered a “person with responsibility for the care of children” and, therefore, must report.

(3) Does the law require college staff to report child abuse? Yes, most likely. Though college staff or professors are not named explicitly in the statute, both are most likely considered to be persons “with responsibility for the care of children” and, therefore, must report.

(4) Does the law allow jail time for those who fail to properly report abuse? Yes; the penalty is a Class A Misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in jail and a $2,000 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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