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Mandatory Child Abuse Reporting Laws

Everyone in Utah, whether a public official or a private citizen, is required to report child abuse. According to Utah law, "When any person...has reason to believe that a child has been subjected to incest, molestation, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, physical abuse, or neglect, or who observes a child being subjected to conditions or circumstances which would reasonably result in sexual abuse, physical abuse, or neglect, he shall immediately notify the nearest peace office, law enforcement agency or office of the Division of Child and Family Services (DCFS). (Utah Code Annotated 62A-4a-403).

Since Utah law also states that committing domestic violence in the presence of a child is a form of child abuse (see UCA Section 76-5-109.1), this must also be reported to law enforcement and/or the Division of Child and Family Services. DCFS has a number where reports can be made 24/7. Centralized Intake: 1-855-323-3237.

Failing to report child abuse is a Class B misdemeanor.