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Who is a Mandated Reporter?

A mandated reporter is a person who has regular contact with children and is
therefore legally required to report to the department or its authorized agent
when they reasonably suspect a child has been abused or neglected or has died
from abuse or neglect. North Dakota law provides the following on who is a
mandated reporter. 

North Dakota Century Code 50-25.1-03

  1. Any dentist; optometrist; dental hygienist; medical examiner or coroner; tier 1 mental health professional, tier 2 mental health professional, tier 3 mental health professional, or tier 4 mental health professional as defined under section 25-01-01; or any other medical or mental health professional, religious practitioner of the healing arts, schoolteacher or administrator, school counselor, child care worker, foster parent, police or law enforcement officer, juvenile court personnel, probation officer, division of juvenile services employee, licensed social worker, family service specialist, child care licensor, or member of the clergy having knowledge of or reasonable cause to suspect a child is abused or neglected, or has died as a result of abuse or neglect, shall report the circumstances to the department or authorized agent if the knowledge or suspicion is derived from information received by that individual in that individual’s official or professional capacity. A member of the clergy, however, is not required to report such circumstances if the knowledge of suspicion is derived from information received in the capacity of spiritual adviser.
  2. Any person having reasonable cause to suspect a child is abused or neglected, or has died as a result of abuse or neglect, may report such circumstances to the department or authorized agent.
  3. A person having knowledge of or reasonable cause to suspect a child is abused or neglected, based on images of sexual conduct by a child discovered on a workplace computer, shall report the circumstances to the department or authorized agent.

This Mandated Reporters Interactive Training site is provided by the
North Dakota Department of Health and Human Services
Children and Family Services
600 E. Blvd. Ave. Dept. 325, Bismarck ND 58505-0250
Phone: (701) 328-2310 Toll Free: (800) 472-2622 Fax: (701) 328-3538
dhscfs@nd.gov

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