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Question: What does it mean to be a mandate reporter?

Mandate reporter means you are required by law to report suspected child abuse, neglect, exploitation, or abandonment. Here is the list of mandate reporters:

  • Any physician, physician’s assistant, optometrist, dentist, osteopath, chiropractor, podiatrist, behavioral health professional, nurse, psychologist, counselor or social worker who develops the reasonable belief in the course of treating a patient.
  • Any peace officer, member of the clergy, priest or Christian Science practitioner.
  • The parent, stepparent or guardian of the minor.
  • School personnel or domestic violence victim advocates who develop the reasonable belief in the course of their employment.
  • Any other person who has responsibility for the care or treatment of the minor.

If a child tells you of such experiences, act to protect that child by calling the toll free Arizona Child Abuse Hotline at 1-888-SOS-CHILD (1-888-767-2445).

You can find out more information on mandate reporting by clicking here.

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