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Here Are The Mandatory Reporting Laws In Alabama



(1) Does the state require everyone to report child abuse, including sex abuse?  No.

(2) Does the law require coaches to report child abuse? Not explicitly. However, coaches who work for schools, colleges, and universities are required to report on the basis of their employment by the school, college, or university.

(3) Does the law require college staff to report child abuse? Yes. The law requires “public and private K-12 employees, school teachers and officials” and “employees of public and private institutions of postsecondary and higher education” to report abuse.

(4) Does the law allow jail time for those who fail to properly report abuse? Yes: up to six months in jail and up to a $500 fine.

Notes: the law does require “any other person called upon to render aid or medical assistance to any child” to report abuse.

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