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Reporting Child Abuse - Montana

Montana

Under Montana law, certain listed professionals (including doctors and health care professionals, teachers and school officials, social workers, court appointed advocates, law enforcement officers, clergy, foster parents and others) are required to report any known or suspected child abuse they receive knowledge of in their professional or official capacities to the Department of Public Health and Human Services promptly. Any other person not specifically listed may make a report of known or suspected child abuse to the Department of Public Health and Human Services.

Child abuse is defined as actual or substantial risk of physical or psychological harm to a child and includes abandonment, omissions and exposing child to criminal activity.

To access the entire child abuse reporting chapter in the official Montana Code online, follow:

http://leg.mt.gov/bills/mca_toc/41_3_2.htm

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

http://leg.mt.gov/bills/mca/41/3/41-3-201.htm

For more information on the Montana Department of public health and human services and child abuse, visit the department’s website at:

http://www.dphhs.mt.gov/cfsd/index.shtml

To report child abuse or neglect call toll-free:
1-866-820-5437