In Denver and Adams County, there is a law which requires people in certain occupations to automatically report cases of Child Abuse, including Sexual Assault. These situations can include physical abuse and sexual offenses like Sexual Assault on a Child, Incest or Unlawful Sexual Contact. Whenever a person suspects that a child has been subjected to abuse or neglect, they are required to report it to authorities. Failure to do so can result in criminal charges and other consequences.
Mandatory Reporters in Jefferson and Douglas County: List of Mandatory Reporters
Below is a list of some occupations which are mandatory reporters in Jefferson and Douglas County:
- Physicians or surgeons, including physicians in training;
- Child health associates;
- Social workers;
- Dental hygienists;
- Physical therapists;
- Christian science practitioners;
- Mental health professionals;
- Medical examiners or coroners;
- Psychologists, counselors and therapists;
- Public or private school officials or employees, including teachers;
- Registered nurses or licensed practical nurses;
- Hospital personnel engaged in the admission, care, or treatment of patients.
Arapahoe County Mandatory Reporter for Child Abuse and Sexual Assault
Other mandatory reporters in Arapahoe County can include pastors, teachers, juvenile parole and probation officers, and firefighters. If a person required to report any incident of assault or abuse involving a child does not do so, they will face a class 3 misdemeanor charge. They will also be responsible for any financial damages done to the victim as a result of failing to report the incident. The Colorado Mandatory Reporting law requires the mandatory reporter to make a report immediately after an incident occurs, with a written report shortly after. Generally, it is sufficient to report to police or the county department of human services / social services.