NH Law About... Reporting Child Abuse

Introduction to... Reporting Child Abuse

Posted December 13, 2013. Revised March 7, 2016.

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All of the sources mentioned in the Introduction are linked to below.

New Hampshire’s Child Protection Act is found at RSA 169-C and the Reporting Law is located in sections 29 through 39. These sections explain who is required to report, what happens when a report is made, and what the penalties are for knowingly violating the requirement to report. Definitions, as is common in statutes, are found early in the chapter at RSA 169-C:3. 

The Child Abuse Investigation Protocol will answer almost any question your patrons may have about mandatory reporting of child abuse and the process after a report is made. At 158 pages it may be a bit overwhelming; if you need something shorter, the Child Protection Services website of the Department of Health and Human Services explains the process simply and clearly.  


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WEBSITES

New Hampshire. Dept. of Health and Human Services. Child Protection Services

Link verified on: February 7, 2017

"NH Law requires any person who suspects that a child under age 18 has been abused or neglected must report that suspicion immediately to DCYF."   GO>

UNH Center for Professional Excellence in Child Welfare (CPE) Mandated Reporting. New Hampshire Mandated Reporting Law  GO>

Link verified on: March 7, 2016

New Hampshire. Dept. of Justice. Child Abuse Investigation Protocol 3rd ed. 2008.

Link verified on: February 7, 2017

"This Protocol represents a model - an ideal - for New Hampshire's handling of child abuse and neglect cases. It was developed with the recognition that an individual agencyï¿¿s ability to follow the recommended guidelines, will depend, to some degree on available resources. The purpose of this protocol is to define a standard to which all agencies involved in the handling of these cases should strive. It is not intended to create substantive rights for individuals. The goal is to provide a safe environment for the evaluation of child abuse and exploitation, coordinated services to victims and families and community education."   GO>


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38 AmJur Trials 1. Professional Liability for Failure to Report Child Abuse  GO>

Link verified on: March 7, 2016

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NEW HAMPSHIRE STATUTES

RSA 169-C. Child Protection Act  GO>

Link verified on: March 16, 2017

RSA 173-C. Confidential Communications Between Victims and Counselors  GO>

Link verified on: February 27, 2017

RSA 193-D. Safe School Zones  GO>

Link verified on: March 7, 2016

RSA 193-F. Pupil Safety and Violence Prevention  GO>

Link verified on: March 7, 2016

RSA 516:35. Privileged Communications. Religious Leaders  GO>

Link verified on: March 7, 2016

RSA 625:9. Classification of Crimes  GO>

Link verified on: March 23, 2017

RSA 631. Assault and Related Offenses  GO>

Link verified on: February 27, 2017

Find it in a Library ... New Hampshire Revised Statutes Annotated

Link verified on: March 24, 2017

Find the New Hampshire statutes in print at libraries throughout the state.   GO>

Learn About New Hampshire Statutes: New Hampshire statutes are the laws of the State of New Hampshire as enacted by the New Hampshire General Court. GO>
 

NEW HAMPSHIRE CASES

75 A.3d 1068 (2013). State v. Willis  GO>

Link verified on: March 7, 2016

125 N.H. 497 (1984). State v. Howland  GO>

Link verified on: October 3, 2016

139 N.H.708 (1995). Marquay v. Eno  GO>

Link verified on: March 7, 2016

Find it in a Library ... New Hampshire Reports

Link verified on: March 24, 2017

Find the New Hampshire Reports in libraries throughout the state.   GO>

Learn About New Hampshire Cases: New Hampshire case law consists of the published opinions of the New Hampshire Supreme Court. GO>
 

NEW HAMPSHIRE REGULATIONS

He-C 6430. Central Registry  GO>

Link verified on: February 7, 2017

Find it in a Library ... Code of New Hampshire Rules  GO>

Link verified on: February 24, 2017


FEDERAL STATUTES

42 U.S.C. 13031. Child Abuse Reporting  GO>

Link verified on: October 3, 2016


FEDERAL CASE LAW

987 F.2d 1(1993). Watterson v. Page

Link verified on: March 7, 2016

The mother and grandparents of two minor children brought this action in the district court under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and state law against a social worker and two psychologists who were involved in the State of New Hampshire's investigation into reports that the children had been sexually abused. The two psychologists moved to dismiss the complaint against themselves, and the court allowed their motion. It ruled that they had absolute immunity from suit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and state statutory immunity from the pendent state law claims. We affirm, although on somewhat different grounds as to the § 1983 claims.   GO>


FOR MORE HELP ...

New Hampshire Law Library

Link verified on: March 24, 2017

The state's only public law library. Call, email, or visit, we'll be happy to help.   GO>

Child Welfare Information Gateway. State Laws on Reporting and Responding to Child Abuse and Neglect  GO>

Link verified on: March 7, 2016


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