Who is mandated by law to report suspected child abuse or neglect?

A mandated reporter is someone required by law to report if they suspect or know that child abuse if occurring. The Ohio Revised Code Section 2151.421 clearly removes the option of choice, and requires immediate reporting of known or suspected alleged child abuse and neglect for the following professionals: • Attorneys • Audiologists • Child care workers • Children Services personnel • Coroners • Day care personnel • Dentists • Nurses • Peace officers, including police, sheriff's deputies and highway patrol officers • Physicians, including hospital interns and residents • Podiatrists • Psychiatrists • School authorities, employees and teachers • Social Workers • Speech Pathologists • Animal Control Officers/Agents Although Ohio law encourages everyone to report alleged child abuse and neglect, in most cases it is an option left for personal and moral decision. The exception is those professions that have an inherent responsibility to report. The ethical commitment to families and children that these professionals have accepted through virtue of their positions is recognized under Ohio law, and thus they are mandated to report alleged child abuse and neglect.

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