Georgia Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse

Georgia law requires that all Georgia State University employees (faculty/staff) and volunteers who regularly come in contact with children as part of their duties and who have a reasonable cause to believe that a child has been abused or neglected (either on- or off-campus) to report that abuse immediately (no later than 24 hours after such belief arises).

 

Reporting Process:  Persons should immediately report any concerns by phone to either (1) child protective services or law enforcement or (2) their supervisor.  A supervisor who receives such a report should immediately report such concern (without making any changes to the information) to child protective services or law enforcement. Locally, the following departments/agencies may be contacted:

 

Agency Phone Number
Georgia State University Police (404)413-2100
Fulton County Department of Family and Children Services (404)206-5600
DeKalb County Department of Family and Children Services (404)370-5000
Statewide Reporting Hotline 1-855-GACHILD

Reports made to child protective services or law enforcement personnel may be made confidentially or anonymously.

 

Additional Licensing Requirements: Professional licensing associations may require additional reporting requirements for certain professions (e.g., teachers, social workers, daycare facilitators, etc.).  University employees/volunteers holding such designations are encouraged to consult their professional licensing associations for more information.

 

Voluntary Online Training Module: Mandatory Reporter Training is available through the Governor’s Office for Children and Families (“GOCF”), which hosts a free 1-hour online training, which is accessible at: https://www.gocftrainingonline.com.

 

If you have any questions about your responsibilities under the new mandatory reporting law, please contact the Office of Legal Affairs at (404) 413-0500.

 

 

 
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