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Reporting Child Abuse - Hawaii

Hawaii

Under Hawaii law, any person (including doctors or other health care professionals and employees, employees or officers of public or private schools, employees of public or private agencies providing social, medical or financial assistance, employees of any law enforcement agency, day care or child care providers and employees of any public or private agency providing recreational sports or activities) in their professional capacity that knows of or has reasonable cause to suspect child abuse or neglect or suspects such abuse or neglect is about to occur is required to immediately report such information orally to the department of human services or to the police.

Abuse is defined as acts or omissions which have resulted in the physical or psychological health or welfare of the child, including physical abuse, mental abuse, sexual abuse or neglect.

On July 9, 2013, H.B. 1187 was signed into law as Act 246. This law makes child victims of sex or labor trafficking part of the child abuse reporting statutes. A link to the bill is provided below:

http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/Archives/measure_indiv_Archives.aspx?billtype=HB&billnumber=1187&year=2013

At this time, public links to Hawaii’s official code are not available. Links to the specific sections summarized above, including definitions, in an unofficial version of the Code online, are available as follows:

http://codes.lp.findlaw.com/histatutes/1/20/350/350-1
http://codes.lp.findlaw.com/histatutes/1/20/350/350-1.1

Below is a link to the Hawaii Department of Human Services Social Services Division website, which is responsible for protecting children and adults from abuse:

http://humanservices.hawaii.gov/ssd/home/child-welfare-services/

See also this PDF manual from the department of social services on reporting child abuse:

http://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&q=cache:ltC0fIXxM30J:hawaii.gov/dhs/protection/social_services/child_welfare/MANDATED%2520REPORTER%2520HANDBOOK.pdf+%C2%A7+350-1.1.+Reports+Hawaii&hl=en&gl=us&pid=bl&srcid=ADGEESgoED8zLTEIms0cqmU31Yz-2kiteXpM8o0LUFK7H5RO_XWbCi1AbDdJMiFByYdLsFHZC2YEp1tgjPB3U5v8-jf2djJmryhyiwvWvrs8o0PUVp8QumUKakA1oord2JCop4Vyqd6F&sig=AHIEtbQuHu9S2VjNpjB4y1xU-Hn4MCH5wg

Child Abuse Reporting Hotline:
808-832-5300

[1] Please note any unofficial sources may not reflect the most current changes in Hawaii law and should not be relied upon.