Alabama


Code Section
26-14-1, et seq.

What Constitutes Abuse
Harm or threatened harm to a child’s health or welfare through nonaccidental physical or mental injury or sexual abuse/exploitation

Mandatory Reporting Required By
All hospitals, clinics, sanitariums, doctors, medical examiners, dentists, chiropractors, nurses, school teachers and officials, pharmacists, law enforcement officers, social workers, day care workers, mental health professionals, members of the clergy unless privileged communication, or anyone else called upon to render aid or medical assistance to any child

Basis of Report of Abuse/Neglect
When a child is known or suspected to be victim of abuse or neglect

To Whom Reported
Department of Human Resources

Penalty for Failure to Report or False Reporting
Knowingly fail to report: misdemeanor with up to 6 months jail or $500