Chapter 16, Child Maltreatment

In Arkansas, child care providers are required by law to report cases of known or suspected child maltreatment.

As a child care provider, you are often in a position to detect child maltreatment and help families get assistance for the problem. You also have a responsibility to make sure that child maltreatment does not occur in your child care setting.

ARKANSAS’ CHILD ABUSE REPORTING STATUTE

AR Code § 12-18-101 – 12-18-1108 is the code citation for the

CHILD MALTREATMENT REPORTING ACT.

THE LAW STATES:

  • You are required to report suspected or known maltreatment. It is not your role to have proof of maltreatment or to investigate the situation.
  • If you have a reasonable cause to suspect that a child is being maltreated, and you report in good faith, you are immune to suit and to liability both civilly and criminally.
  • No privilege or contract relieves anyone required by law to report suspected maltreatment.
  • If you willfully fail to report suspected child maltreatment, you will be civilly and criminally liable for damages proximately caused by that failure.
  • The identity of the person who made the report is not disclosed unless a court of jurisdiction orders release for good cause shown. Identity of the reporting source can be released to the prosecuting attorney or law enforcement upon request.

 

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