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Reporting Child Abuse - Arizona

ARIZONA

The statute requires that a certain list of persons (including health care professionals, mental health paraprofessionals, public or private school counselors, school officials including officials of institutions of higher education, peace officers, parents/guardians/step-parents of a child, teachers or administrators, domestic violence advocates and any other person who has responsibility for the care or treatment of a child) who reasonably believes that a child has been the victim of child abuse or neglect to immediately report known or suspected child abuse to a peace officer or the Department of Child Safety. If the abuse is being performed by someone other than a custodian of this child, then the abuse is to be reported only to a law enforcement officer.

Reports are to be made immediately, by telephone or in person, and are to be followed within seventy-two (72) hours by a written report.

Any other person not mentioned in this statute who reasonably believes that a child is being abused or neglected may report that information to a peace officer or to Child Protective Services in the Department of Child Safety, unless the abuse is not at the hands of the custodian of the child, in which case the report should be made only to a peace officer.

The statute defines “abuse” as intentional physical injury, neglect, mental injury, inflicting or allowing sexual abuse or other sexual contact as prohibited by state law and unreasonable confinement of the child. To access the specific sections summarized above in the official Arizona Code online, follow:

http://www.azleg.gov/FormatDocument.asp?inDoc=/ars/13/03620.htm&Title=13&DocType=ARS
http://www.azleg.gov/FormatDocument.asp?inDoc=/ars/13/03623.htm&Title=13&DocType=ARS

Follow this link to reach the Child Protective Services home page and other resources on child abuse reporting: https://www.azdes.gov/dcyf/cps/

Follow this link to reach the Child Protective Services information on reporting abuse or neglect: https://www.azdes.gov/dcyf/cps/reporting.asp

Follow this link to Arizona’s categories of abuse: https://www.azdes.gov/landing.aspx?id=9670

Arizona Child Abuse Hotline:
Toll free at 1-888-SOS-CHILD
(1-888-767-2445)