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Reporting Child Abuse - Kansas


Under Kansas law, certain listed individuals (including doctors and other licensed health care professionals, licensed mental health care professionals, teachers and school administrators and employees, firefighters and other emergency services employees, any employee of an organization providing social services, and others) are required to report any known or suspected child abuse or neglect to the department of social and rehabilitation services or to a law enforcement agency by telephone or in person and must be followed by a written report containing certain information. Any other person not specifically mentioned may make a report of any known or suspected child abuse.

Child abuse is defined to include physical, mental or sexual abuse or neglect.

On April 22, 2013 H.B. 2034 was signed into law. This law updates the definition of “sexual abuse” to include “allowing, permitting or encouraging a child to engage in the sale of sexual relations or commercial sexual exploitation of a child, or to be photographed, filmed or depicted in pornographic material.” The text of the bill can be found here:


To access the specific sections summarized above in the official Kansas Code online, including any relevant definitions, follow:


To access valuable information on the Kansas department of social and rehabilitation services, including a PDF booklet on reporting guidelines and information for parents, visit the departments website at:


To report child or adult abuse or neglect in Kansas call: