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Here Are The Mandatory Reporting Laws In Delaware



(1) Does the state require everyone to report child abuse, including sex abuse?  Yes. State law says:  “any person, agency, organization or entity who knows or in good faith suspects child abuse or neglect shall make a report.”

(2) Does the law require coaches to report child abuse? Yes, under the language above. Coaches who are also school employees are further explicitly required to report abuse under an explanatory section of the law.

(3) Does the law require college staff to report child abuse? Yes, under the language above.

(4) Does the law allow jail time for those who fail to properly report abuse? No; the penalty is a civil fine of up to $10,000 for the first violation and up to $50,000 for subsequent violations.

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