Mandatory Reporters

Who are mandatory child abuse reporters?

Any of the following persons is required to report their suspicion of child abuse to the local human services agency, local police or county sheriff immediately if, (a) they are seeing the child in the course of their professional duties, (b) they suspect that the child has been abused or neglected, or (c) the child has been threatened with abuse or neglect and that abuse or neglect will occur:

  1. A physician
  2. A coroner
  3. A medical examiner
  4. A nurse
  5. A dentist
  6. A chiropractor
  7. An optometrist
  8. An acupuncturist
  9. A medical or mental health professional not otherwise specified
  10. A social worker
  11. A marriage and family therapist
  12. A professional counselor
  13. A public assistance worker, including a financial and employment planner
  14. A school teacher
  15. A school administrator
  16. A school counselor
  17. All school employees not otherwise listed
  18. A family court services mediator
  19. A child care worker in a day care center, group home or residential care center for children and youth
  20. A day care provider
  21. An alcohol or other drug abuse counselor
  22. A member of the treatment staff employed by or working under contract with a county department or a residential care center for children and youth
  23. A physical therapist
  24. A physical therapist assistant
  25. An occupational therapist
  26. A dietitian
  27. A speech language pathologist
  28. An audiologist
  29. An emergency medical technician
  30. A first responder
  31. A police or law enforcement officer
  32. A court appointed special advocate
  33. A member of the clergy, except information that he or she receives solely through confidential communications made to him or her privately or in a confessional setting if he or she is authorized to hear or is accustomed to hearing such communications and, under the disciplines, tenets, or traditions of his or her religion, has a duty or is expected to keep those communications secret. (See section 48.981 of the Wisconsin Statutes)

No person may be fired from their job for reporting suspected abuse.

The information provided on this website is general information about Wisconsin law and/or procedure, and is not intended to serve as legal advice.  Every situation is unique.  General information is not a substitute for legal counsel.  Individuals needing legal advice or legal assistance should consult an attorney.

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