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Child Abuse at Social Organizations

Do You Need to Report Child Abuse? Call Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A. Today.

In recent years, national scrutiny has been turned on various social and athletic organizations due to growing concerns about child sexual abuse, as well as physical abuse and bullying. In 2020, the Boy Scouts of America was even forced to file for bankruptcy after facing hundreds of sexual abuse lawsuits.

Because of these ongoing concerns, it’s important for adults working within social organizations of all kinds to stay vigilant against institutional child abuse – and take appropriate action to report it as required by federal law. In most cases, adults who work with children are required to report suspected abuse within 24 hours to local and state law enforcement, as well as specially-designated regulatory agencies.

Our Minneapolis legal team can help members of the following groups understand their responsibility for reporting abuse:

  • Hobby groups (such as golf and chess clubs)
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Church youth groups
  • Amateur sports groups and clubs
  • Charities and volunteer groups
  • Scouting associations for boys and girls
  • Summer camp staff
  • Local business groups

Give us a call at (612) 444-5020 today to discuss suspected child abuse with a qualified attorney.

Requirements for Reporting Abuse at Social Groups

Anyone concerned about alleged child abuse is enabled to file a report, even if they do not have a professional relationship with the child in question. However, within a social group or organization, some adults may also be considered “mandatory reporters,” making them subject to strict legal requirements for reporting abuse. These include members of the clergy, health care workers, social workers, child care specialists, law enforcement officials, and any other individuals who work with children and teenagers in a formal capacity. Minnesota Statutes § 626.556 outlines exactly which professionals are considered to be mandatory reporters in Minnesota.

As a mandatory reporter, you must contact local law enforcement about any of the following forms of child abuse at your organization:

  • Child molestation
  • Sexual abuse
  • Rape
  • Physical abuse
  • Child neglect

Of course, it can often be difficult to know where to turn with allegations of suspected child abuse, particularly if you believe that the abuser holds a significant degree of influence within your community or social group. As seasoned legal advocates with years of experience in the courtroom, our Minneapolis attorneys at Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A. are ready to provide compassionate counsel and help you navigate your role as a mandatory reporter.

Call (612) 444-5020 to speak with a member of our team.


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