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The following persons who, in their professional or official capacity, have reason to suspect that a child is an abused or neglected child, shall report the matter immediately to the local department of the county or city wherein the child resides or wherein the abuse or neglect is believed to have occurred or to the Department's toll-free child abuse and neglect hotline:
HB 3 Child abuse or neglect; athletic coaches, etc. of private sports teams required to report to DSS.
02/28/12 Senate: Passed Senate with amendments (40-Y 0-N)
YEAS--Barker, Black, Blevins, Carrico, Colgan, Deeds, Ebbin, Edwards, Favola, Garrett, Hanger, Herring, Howell, Locke, Lucas, Marsden, Marsh, Martin, McDougle, McEachin, McWaters, Miller, J.C., Miller, Y.B., Newman, Norment, Northam, Obenshain, Petersen, Puckett, Puller, Reeves, Ruff, Saslaw, Smith, Stanley, Stosch, Stuart, Vogel, Wagner, Watkins--40.
"Legislators have filed a dozen bills seeking to strengthen Virginia's child abuse reporting laws in the wake of last fall's scandal at Penn State. Some bills add people to the list of those required to report suspected abuse to social services departments. Others constrict the time frame for reporting suspected abuse and heighten the penalty for keeping quiet. And some provide civil recourse for victims of unreported abuse." By Kathy Adams The Virginian-Pilot February 2, 2012