Massachusetts

Code Section
119§51A, 119§21

What Constitutes Abuse
Physical or emotional abuse or injury causing harm to child’s health or welfare including sexual abuse/neglect, malnutrition and physical dependence upon addictive drug at birth

Mandatory Reporting Required By
Physician, hospital personnel, psychologist, medical examiner, EMT, dentist, nurse, chiropractor, school teacher, educational administrator, counselor, day care worker, probation and parole officers, clerk of the court, social worker, firefighter, policeman, mental health services professional, foster parent, drug and alcohol counselor, clergy

Basis of Report of Abuse/Neglect
Reasonable cause to believe a child is suffering from physical or emotional injury causing harm or substantial risk of harm to child’s health and welfare

To Whom Reported
Department of Social Services

Penalty for Failure to Report or False Reporting
Fine up to $1,000


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