Missouri


Code Section
210.110, et seq.

What Constitutes Abuse
Any physical injury, sexual abuse, emotional abuse inflicted on child other than by accidental means by caregiver (spanking in a reasonable manner not included)

Mandatory Reporting Required By
Physician, medical examiner, dentist, chiropractor, coroner, optometrist, nurse, hospital or clinic personnel, any other health practitioner, psychologist, social worker, mental health professional, day care center worker, juvenile officer, probation or parole officer, teacher, school official, law enforcement officer, minister

Basis of Report of Abuse/Neglect
Reasonable cause to suspect that a child has been or may be subjected to abuse or neglect or observes such conditions or circumstances that would reasonably result in abuse or neglect

To Whom Reported
Missouri Division of Family Services

Penalty for Failure to Report or False Reporting
Class A misdemeanor