Rhode Island

Code Section
40-11-1, et seq.

What Constitutes Abuse
Child whose physical or mental health or welfare is harmed or threatened with harm including excessive corporal punishment, sexual abuse/exploitation, neglect, or abandonment

Mandatory Reporting Required By
Any person with reasonable cause

Basis of Report of Abuse/Neglect
Reasonable cause to know or suspect that a child has been abused or neglected or been the victim of sexual abuse

To Whom Reported
Department for Children and their Families (department to establish statewide toll-free 24-hour/7-day-a-week telephone number for reporting)

Penalty for Failure to Report or False Reporting
Misdemeanor and up to $500 fine and/or imprisonment for up to 1 year for failure to report; misdemeanor and up to $1000 fine and/or imprisonment for up to 1 year for false report


Inside Rhode Island