Mandatory Reporting; Child Abuse

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Mandatory Reporting

Mandatory Reporting. What is it?  I’ll share what I think I know about Massachusetts:

http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/departments/dcf/child-abuse-neglect/reporting-abuse.html

http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/docs/dcf/can-mandated-reporters-guide.pdf

In reading current statutes, most bases are covered. But those in the legal profession seem to be exempted from reporting.

The District Attorney’s Office in our area did not report serious allegations of child sexual abuse regarding one man at all. I contacted the DA’s office numerous times and asked if there were any allegations against him and they said no. It wasn’t true.  They had declined to prosecute at least one case years before I started calling them.  I had a contact, David Coughlin, in what was then called the Department of Social Services, and he checked to see if any allegations about this man existed in their records.  There were none.

I have documents showing at least four doctors knew and the DA’s office knew.  One doctor finally came forward and helped six…

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