Legal Requirements for Reporting


According to “34 U.S. Code § 20341- Child abuse Reporting,” mandatory reporting is put into effect when “a covered individual who learns of facts that give reason to suspect that a child has suffered an incident of child abuse, including sexual abuse, shall as soon possible make a report of the suspected abuse to the agency designated by the Attorney General”

  • The term “as soon as possible” means within a 24-hour period.
  • The law also States that “for all covered individuals there shall be an immediate referral of the report to a law enforcement agency with authority to take emergency action to protect the child.”
  • The law defines “covered individuals” as “an adult who is authorized, by a national governing body, a member of a national governing body, or an amateur sports organization that participates in interstate or international amateur athletic competition, to interact with a minor or amateur athlete at an amateur sports organization facility or at any event sanctioned by a national governing body, a member of a national governing body, or such an amateur sports organization.”

Click here to be directed to each state’s child abuse and neglect reporting numbers.