Iowa

Code Section
232.68, et seq.

What Constitutes Abuse
Any nonaccidental physical injury or mental injury to child’s intellectual or psychological capacity as evidenced by substantial and observable impairment in child’s ability to function within normal range; commission of sexual offense; an illegal drug present in child’s body; allowing prostitution; failure in care of child to provide food, shelter, or clothing necessary for child’s health and welfare

Mandatory Reporting Required By
Any health practitioner, social workers, psychologist, school employee, day care center employees, substance abuse program employee, human services institution employee, peace officer, juvenile detention or shelter care employee, mental health professional, counselor, foster care facility operator or employee; any other person may make a report

Basis of Report of Abuse/Neglect
Reasonably believes a child has suffered abuse

To Whom Reported
State Department of Human Services

Penalty for Failure to Report or False Reporting
Knowingly and willfully fails to report: simple misdemeanor and civilly liable for proximately caused damages; knowing false report: simple misdemeanor


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