Lesson 2 - Failure to Report

As explained in the general training, the Penal Code provides for mandated reporter’s confidentiality as well as immunity from civil or criminal liability when making a legally mandated child abuse report. (P.C. 11172 [A]) However, mental health professionals risk both criminal and civil liability for failure to report. If a professional fails to report suspected abuse and a child is abused or killed as a result, the professional can be sued for malpractice. In addition, administrative action may be taken, resulting in suspension or revocation of a practitioner’s license.

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