Watch Our Live Network Now

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.

Go back to our full analysis here.

Have a tip we should know? [email protected]

Filed Under:

Follow Law&Crime:

Aaron Keller holds a juris doctor degree from the University of New Hampshire School of Law and a broadcast journalism degree from Syracuse University.  He is the anchor and executive producer of Law&Crime Daily on the Law&Crime Network.  The broadcast is a recap of the day's most compelling trials and court proceedings.  He also serves as an editor for the Law&Crime website. DISCLAIMER:  This website is for general informational purposes only.  You should not rely on it for legal advice.  Reading this site or interacting with the author via this site does not create an attorney-client relationship.  This website is not a substitute for the advice of an attorney.  Speak to a competent lawyer in your jurisdiction for legal advice and representation relevant to your situation.