Arkansas

Code Section
12-12-501, et seq.

What Constitutes Abuse
Specific incidents listed in 12-12-503 include abandonment, extreme and repeated cruelty; intentional, negligent, nonjustifiable conduct constituting physical, psychological, or sexual abuse; conduct creating threat of death or permanent impairment; intentionally and without justification disciplining a child by striking on the face or with a closed fist or shaking a child

Mandatory Reporting Required By
Any person; physician, dentist, nurse medical personnel, teacher, school counselor, social or family worker, day care center worker, foster care worker, mental health professional, peace officer, law enforcement official, prosecuting attorney or judge, domestic abuse advocate, clergyman

Basis of Report of Abuse/Neglect
Reasonable cause to suspect maltreatment or observance of conditions or circumstances which would reasonably result in maltreatment

To Whom Reported
Department of Human Services

Penalty for Failure to Report or False Reporting
Class C misdemeanor; willful failure to report: civilly liable for all damages proximately caused by that failure. Class A misdemeanor: False notification


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