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Mandatory Reporters of Child Abuse and Neglect

New Jersey Annotated Statutes § 9:6-8.10 provides that any person having reasonable cause to believe that a child has been subjected to child abuse or neglect (including sexual abuse) is required to make a report to authorities.

Sexual Abuse and Exploitation

New Jersey Ann. Stat. § 9:6-8.21 provides that ‘abused child’ or ‘abused or neglected child’ means a child under age 18 whose parent, guardian, or other person having custody and control:

  • Inflicts or allows to be inflicted upon such child physical injury by other than accidental means that causes or creates a substantial risk of death, serious or protracted disfigurement, protracted impairment of physical or emotional health, or protracted loss or impairment of the function of any bodily organ
  • Creates or allows to be created a substantial or ongoing risk of physical injury to such child by other than accidental means
  • Unreasonably inflicts, or allows to be inflicted, harm or substantial risk thereof, including the infliction of excessive corporal punishment or by any other acts of a similarly serious nature requiring the aid of the court
  • Uses excessive physical restraint upon the child under circumstances that do not indicate that the child’s behavior is harmful to himself, others, or property

The terms ‘abused child’ or ‘abused or neglected child’ include a child under age 18 whose parent, guardian, or other person having custody and control commits or allows to be committed an act of sexual abuse against the child.