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Reporting Child Abuse - Federal


Under Federal law, certain professionals (including doctors and health care professionals, mental health care professionals, social workers, foster parents, commercial film processors, child care providers, teachers and school officials and law enforcement officers, among others) doing their jobs on Federal land or in a Federally operated facility are required to report known or suspected child abuse as soon as possible to the agency designated by the Attorney General, which is the FBI, except in cases of sexual abuse or serious injury or life threatening neglect, in which case the report is to be made to local law enforcement.

Abuse is defined to include physical or mental injury, sexual abuse or exploitation.

To access this section of the US Code in an unofficial format online, follow:


On October 28, 2013, S.1590 was introduced and referred to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. The purpose of this bill is to amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and to require transparency in the operation of American Health Benefit Exchanges. As it relates to the current U.S. Code regarding Child Abuse reporting, it provides for a list of publicly available healthcare exchanges to assist with children subjected to negative treatment as it relates to adequate medical care.

The text of S.1590 can be viewed online at: