Friday, June 17, 2011

Mandatory reporter law in Florida

I was doing research for a story when I came across the mandatory reporter law (PDF) for the state of Florida. Mandatory reporter laws are in place to protect children and at risk adults from abuse. They required that people in certain positions of authority notify authorities when abuse is discovered. I was surprised to learn that clergy are excluded in the list of professional mandatory reporters. Excluding Christians from the list speaks volumes about their special status in Florida.

  • Assisted Living Facility Staff
  • Adult Day Care Center Staff
  • Adult Family Care Home Staff
  • Bank, Savings and Loan, or Credit Union Officer, Trustee, or Employee
  • Chiropractor/Chiropractic Physician
  • Day Care Center Worker
  • Department of Business and Professional Regulation employees conducting inspections of public lodging establishments.
  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Florida Advocacy Council Member
  • Foster Care Worker
  • Hospital personnel engaged in the admission, examination, care, or treatment of children and vulnerable adults.
  • Health Professional
  • Institutional Worker
  • Judge
  • Law Enforcement Officer
  • Long-Term Care Ombudsman Council Member
  • Medical Examiner
  • Mental Health Professional
  • Nurse
  • Nursing Home Staff
  • Osteopath/Osteopathic Physician
  • Paramedic
  • Physician
  • Practitioner who relies solely on spiritual means for healing.
  • Professional Adult Care, Residential, or Institutional Staff
  • Professional Child Care Worker
  • Residential Care Worker
  • School Teacher
  • School Official or Other School Personnel
  • Social Worker
  • State, County, or Municipal Criminal Justice Employee or Law Enforcement Officer
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