Tennessee

Code Section
37-1-401, et seq.

What Constitutes Abuse
Any wound, injury, disability, or physical or mental condition which is of a nature as to reasonably indicate that it has been caused by brutality, abuse, or neglect; also includes sexual abuse

Mandatory Reporting Required By
Physician, chiropractor, hospital personnel, any other health or mental health professional, spiritual healing practitioner, school teacher/personnel, judge, social worker, day care center worker, foster care worker, law enforcement officer, neighbor, relative, friend, or any other person

Basis of Report of Abuse/Neglect
Having knowledge or being called on to render aid to any child suffering from or sustaining a wound or injury which is of such a nature as to reasonably indicate or which on the basis of available information appears to indicate have been caused by brutality, abuse or neglect

To Whom Reported
Department of Children’s Services

Penalty for Failure to Report or False Reporting
Class A misdemeanor: false reporting of child sexual abuse: Class E felony


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