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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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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."