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Reporting Child Abuse - Alaska

ALASKA

Alaska requires certain listed individuals (including health care providers, teachers and administrators, police officers, institutional administrative officers, day care or child care providers, paid employees of domestic violence intervention or prevention programs, paid employees of drug and/or alcohol treatment or rehabilitation programs, members of special teams that review deaths of children, and athletic coaches) who in the course of performing their jobs know or have reasonable cause to suspect a child is being abused or neglected to report the abuse to the Department of Health and Social Services. The law also provides that any other person who knows or has reasonable cause to suspect child abuse or neglect may report the harm to the child to the Department of Health and Social Services. All abuse or suspected abuse should be reported immediately.

If there is an emergency situation and the Department of Health and Social Services cannot be reached, the statute allows a person to make the report to a law enforcement officer who is then required to take action and notify the Department of Health and Social Services as soon as possible.

The statute defines child abuse as physical injury, neglect, mental injury, sexual abuse, sexual exploitation or other maltreatment of a child that harms the health or welfare of the child.

To access the entire child abuse reporting chapter of the official Alaska Code online, follow:

http://touchngo.com/lglcntr/akstats/Statutes/Title47/Chapter17.htm

To access the specific sections summarized above in the official Alaska Code online, follow:

http://touchngo.com/lglcntr/akstats/Statutes/Title47/Chapter17/Section020.htm
http://touchngo.com/lglcntr/akstats/Statutes/Title47/Chapter17/Section290.htm

This link provides access to contact information for the Department of Health and Social Services by region:

http://dhss.alaska.gov/Commissioner/Pages/Contacts/default.aspx

The Department of Health and Social Services also provides this phone number to make reports if the appropriate office cannot be reached: 1-800-478-4444

This is a link to the child abuse reporting information provided by the Department of Health and Social Services web site:

http://dhss.alaska.gov/ocs/Pages/publications/reportingchildabuse.aspx