Who is Mandated by Law to Report Suspected Child Abuse or Neglect?
A mandated reporter is anyone who works in a professional capacity with children. Mandated reporters are required by law to report if he/she suspects or knows that child abuse is occurring.
The Ohio Revised Code Section 2151.421 clearly removes the option of choice, and requires immediate reporting of known or suspected alleged child abuse and neglect for the following professionals:
Child care workers
Children Services personnel
Day care personnel
Peace officers, including police, sheriff's deputies and highway patrol officers
Physicians, including hospital interns and residents
School authorities, employees and teachers
Animal control officers/agents
Although Ohio law encourages everyone to report alleged child abuse and neglect, in most cases it is an option left for personal and moral decision. The exception is those professions that have an inherent responsibility to report. The ethical commitment to families and children that these professionals have accepted through virtue of their positions is recognized under Ohio law, and thus they are mandated to report alleged child abuse and neglect.