An employee or volunteer who makes a report to the person designated pursuant to this paragraph shall be deemed to have fully complied with this subsection.Under no circumstances shall any person in charge of such hospital, school, agency, or facility, or the designated delegate thereof, to whom such notification has been made exercise any control, restraint, or modification or make any other change to the information provided by the reporter, although each of the aforementioned persons may be consulted prior to the making of a report and may provide any additional, relevant, and necessary information when making the report.(3) When a person identified in paragraph (1) of this subsection has reasonable cause to believe that child abuse has occurred involving a person who attends to a child pursuant to such person's duties as an employee of or volunteer at a hospital, school, social agency, or similar facility, the person who received such information shall notify the person in charge of such hospital, school, agency, or facility, or the designated delegate thereof, and the person so notified shall report or cause a report to be made in accordance with this Code section.It is intended that mandatory reporting will cause the protective services of the state to be brought to bear on the situation in an effort to prevent abuses, to protect and enhance the welfare of children, and to preserve family life wherever possible.This Code section shall be liberally construed so as to carry out the purposes thereof.(b) As used in this Code section, the term:(1) "Abortion" shall have the same meaning as set forth in Code Section 15-11-681.(2) "Abused" means subjected to child abuse.(3) "Child" means any person under 18 years of age.(4) "Child abuse" means:(A) Physical injury or death inflicted upon a child by a parent or caretaker thereof by other than accidental means; provided, however, that physical forms of discipline may be used as long as there is no physical injury to the child;(B) Neglect or exploitation of a child by a parent or caretaker thereof;(C) Endangering a child;(D) Sexual abuse of a child; or(E) Sexual exploitation of a child.Please click here to register Prevent Child Abuse of GA also offers in-person training.
Photographs of the child's injuries to be used as documentation in support of allegations by hospital employees or volunteers, physicians, law enforcement personnel, school officials, or employees or volunteers of legally mandated public or private child protective agencies may be taken without the permission of the child's parent or guardian.
Mandated Reporter Training is available through Care Solutions, Inc.
This valuable online training is available for free any time or day that you may want to use it and includes courses that provide instruction on how to better recognize the indicators of abuse and neglect, understand your role in responsible reporting, and identify the groups of children that may be at a higher risk of being abused or neglected.
Reporting by other persons, the responsibilities of institutions in making reports, standards for making a report, and confidentiality of the reporter's identity also are discussed.
This factsheet discusses laws that designate the groups of professionals that are required to report cases of suspected child abuse and neglect. While every attempt has been made to be as complete as possible, additional information on these topics may be in other sections of a State's code as well as agency regulations, case law, and informal practices and procedures.