Mandated Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect
- Child care workers.
- Children services personnel.
- Day care personnel.
- Health care professionals.
- Peace officers, including police, sheriff's deputies, and highway patrol officers.
- Physicians, including hospital interns and residents.
- School authorities, employees, and teachers.
- Social workers.
- Speech pathologists.
- Agent of a county humane society.
The Ohio Revised Code Section 2151.421 clearly removes the option of choice for the above professionals.
What is required of a Mandated Reporter?
If you come into contact with a child who has suffered, or faces a threat of any physical or mental wound, injury, disability, or other condition that reasonably indicates abuse or neglect, you must immediately file a report.
This applies to any:
- Child under 18.
- Person under 21 with a developmental disability or physical impairment.
Even if you don't know for certain that abuse is occurring, you are still required to report any fact-based suspicion. If a reasonable person in similar circumstances, presented with the same facts would suspect abuse, it is your legal responsibility to report.
How to Report
File a report online now.
Call the 24-hour Child Abuse Hotline at 216-696-KIDS (5437).
In-person referrals can be made at the Jane Edna Hunter Building, 3955 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115