Immunity and liability

Immunity

Mandated reporters have immunity when making a report under this policy or the law. In the event a civil suit is filed against the reporter, reimbursement for fees incurred in the suit will occur up to $50,000. No individual can be dismissed, disciplined, or harassed for making a report of suspected child abuse. The only exception is if the mandated reporter makes a false report with reckless disregard of the truth.

 

Liability

Legally mandated reporters can be criminally liable for failing to report suspected child abuse. The penalty for this misdemeanor is up to six months in county jail, a fine of not more than $1,000 or both. Any mandated reporter who willfully fails to report abuse or neglect, or any person who impedes or inhibits a report of abuse or neglect, where the abuse or neglect results in death or great bodily injury, shall be punished by not more than one year in a county jail, by a fine of not more than $5,000 or both that fine and imprisonment.

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