New Child Abuse Reporting Rules went into effect July 1, 2012
House Bill 1176 amended O.C.G.A. 19-7-5 Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse. O.C.G.A. 19-7-5 is designed for the protection of children whose health and welfare are adversely affected and further threatened by the conduct of those responsible for their care and protection. O.C.G.A 19-7-5 has been amended as follows:
·‘Child service personnel’ means persons employed by or volunteering at a business or an organization, whether public, private, for profit, not for profit, or voluntary, that provides care, treatment, education, training, supervision, coaching, counseling, recreational programs, or shelter to children.
·If a person is required to report child abuse pursuant to this subsection because that person attended to a child pursuant to such person’s duties as an employee of or volunteer at a hospital, school, social agency, or similar facility, that person shall notify the person in charge of the facility, or the designated delegate thereof, and the person so notified shall report or cause a report to be made…
·“From an ethical and moral standpoint, volunteers who work with children already have an obligation to report suspected child abuse. (Georgia) House Bill 1176 simply makes this obligation a requirement by law.” (Source: Sam Olens, Attorney General)