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House Bill 1176 and Changes to Georgia’s Mandatory Child Abuse Reporting

House Bill 1176 (HB 1176) is the result of the efforts of the Criminal Justice Reform Commission. The bill passed through the Georgia General Assembly on March 29, 2012.  One particular section of the bill is relevant to child welfare because it clarifies and expands the scope of O.C.G.A. § 19-5-7, which is Georgia’s law that mandates that certain professionals report suspected child abuse. These changes will take effect on July 1, 2012.

HB 1176 adds the following professions to the list of mandatory child abuse reporters:

•  Nurse’s aides
•  Reproductive health care facility personnel and volunteers
•  Pregnancy resource center personnel and volunteers
•  Clergy
•  Exception - clergy are not required to report information regarding child abuse that is received solely from confession or other similar confidential communications

 

Further, HB 1176 adds definitions for the following groups of professionals required to report:

Child service organization personnel means:

  • People employed by or volunteering for any type of organization or business that provides children with “care, treatment, education, training, supervision, coaching, counseling, recreational programs, or shelter”

 

Clergy means:

  • Ministers, priests, rabbis, imams, or similar members of a bona fide religion

 

Pregnancy resource center means an organization or facility that:

  • Provides pregnancy counseling or information as its primary purpose
  • Does not provide contraceptive or pregnancy termination services;
  • Is not licensed or certified to provide medical or health care services or required to follow laws relating to patient confidentiality

 

Reproductive health care facility means:

  • “Any office, clinic, or other location that provides abortions, abortion counseling, abortion referrals, or gynecological care and services”

 

School means:

  • Any public or private educational institution, including everything from pre-kindergarten programs to colleges and universities. 
  • This expansion means that administrators, teachers, guidance counselors, social workers and psychologists at all educational institutions are now required to report suspected child abuse

 

Finally, HB 1176 expands the professions authorized to photograph injuries as documentary evidence of child abuse to include:

• Employees and volunteers at hospitals, and
• Employees and volunteers at legally mandated public or private child protective agencies

 Please see files listed to the right of the page for more information!

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