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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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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