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Mandated Reporting in Connecticut

Under Connecticut law, professionals whose jobs involve or revolve around children (such as school employees) are required to report any suspicion of neglect or child abuse. If these individuals have any reason to believe that a child under 18 has been abused, neglected, or harmed, or that a student has been sexually assaulted by a school employee, they must make a report. Mandated reporters are protected from civil or criminal liability in Connecticut as long as their reports are in good faith, and a failure to report may result in civil or criminal penalties.

School Mandated Reporting in Connecticut

In Connecticut, all school employees are considered mandated reporters, including teachers, substitute teachers, school administrators, counselors, psychologists, social workers, nurses/physicians, paraprofessionals, and coaches. A school employee is anyone who comes into regular contact with students while completing their work, or who is under contract with a school board to perform services to or on behalf of students.

Reporting Requirements in Connecticut

Mandated reporters of neglect or child abuse must report to DCF or a law enforcement agency if they suspect that a child under 18 has been abused or neglected, suffered an intentional injury, or is at risk of serious harm. They are also required to report any suspected instances of sexual assult where the victim is a student and the perpetrator is a school employee.

Penalties for Failure to Report in Connecticut

Mandated reporters who fail to report abuse or neglect in Connecticut can be charged with a class A misdemeanor, resulting in up to one year in prison and/or a $2,ooo fine. If this is a subsequent violation, the violation is intentional or willful, or the reporter has genuine knowledge of a sexual assault involving a student, they may be charged with a class E felony. Intentionally interfering with a mandated reporter in order to prevent them from making a report is generally a class D felony.

Read more about mandating reporting in Connecticut and other states here: https://www.cga.ct.gov/2020/rpt/pdf/2020-R-0231.pdf

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