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Mandatory Reporters of Child Abuse and Neglect

New Hampshire Rev. Stat. § 169-C:29 sets forth a list of professionals who are required to report suspected child abuse and neglect (including sexual abuse) to authorities. The list includes medical and mental health care providers, teachers and school officials, daycare workers, foster care providers, social workers, law enforcement officials, priests, ministers, and rabbis.

In addition, all other persons who have reason to suspect that a child has been abused or neglected must report.

Reports must be made immediately. Failure to report is a misdemeanor.

Sexual Abuse and Exploitation

New Hampshire Rev. Stat. § 169-C:3 provides that ‘sexual abuse’ means the following activities under circumstances that indicate that the child’s health or welfare is
harmed or threatened with harm:

  • The employment, use, persuasion, inducement, enticement, or coercion of any child to engage in or having a child assist any other person to engage in any sexually explicit conduct or any simulation of such conduct for the purpose of producing any visual depiction of such conduct
  • The rape, molestation, prostitution, or other form of sexual exploitation of children, or incest with children