Monday December 9, 2013
Mandatory reporting in Louisiana
is it mandated by law for medical personnel to report sexual assaults in louisiana
Yes. It is
Professionals Required to Report Citation: Children's Code art. 603(13)
Mandatory reporters include any of the following individuals performing their occupational duties:
Reporting by Other Persons Citation: Children's Code art. 609
Any other person who has cause to believe that a child's health is endangered as a result of abuse or neglect may report.
Standards for Making a Report Citation: Children's Code art. 609; 610
A report is required when:
Privileged Communications Citation: Children's Code art. 603; 609
A clergy member is not required to report a confidential communication from a person to a member of the clergy who, in the course of the discipline or practice of that church, denomination, or organization, is authorized or accustomed to hearing confidential communications, and under the discipline or tenets of the church, denomination, or organization has a duty to keep such communications confidential.
Notwithstanding any claim of privileged communication, any mandatory reporter who has cause to believe that a child's physical or mental health or welfare is endangered as a result of abuse or neglect, or that abuse or neglect was a contributing factor in a child's death, shall report.
Inclusion of Reporter's Name in Report Citation: Children's Code art. 610
The report must include the name and address of the reporter.
Disclosure of Reporter Identity Citation: Rev. Stat. § 46:56(8)(b)
The identity of the reporter shall not be released unless a court finds that the reporter knowingly made a false report.
Information Source http://www.childwelfare.gov/index.cfm