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:
|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.