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State expands who must report signs of child abuse
Legislation could increase reports, workload for Department of Human Services
Michael Childers and Tynayia Peoples, both 10, have a spirited game of air hockey Monday afternoon at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Hall County.
If you work with children, it’s likely state law will soon obligate you to report signs of child abuse. In a bill that follows on the heels of a child molestation scandal involving a football coach at Penn State University, Georgia lawmakers have broadened the scope of the state’s list of people who are mandated by law to report signs of child abuse. Once the bill is signed by the governor, as of July 1 employees or volunteers at nearly any child service agency, members of the clergy and volunteers at centers for reproductive health will all be required to report suspected abuse.