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Here Are The Mandatory Reporting Laws In Tennessee

Tennessee

(1) Does the state require everyone to report child abuse, including sex abuse?  Yes. “Any person” who knows of abuse or is called to render aid to a child suffering from abuse must report. “Any such person” who “knows or has reasonable cause to suspect that a child has been sexually abused” must also report.

(2) Does the law require coaches to report child abuse? Yes, because everyone must report.

(3) Does the law require college staff to report child abuse? Yes, because everyone 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 11 months, 29 days in prison and up to a $2,500 fine.

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