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See Something, Say Something: New Child Abuse Reporting Rules Go into Effect July 1

Volunteers who work with children will be required by law to report suspected child abuse.

Attorney General Sam Olens has alerted Georgians that beginning July 1, volunteers who work with children will be required by law to report suspected child abuse, according to a news release.

The new mandatory reporting requirement is a provision in HB 1176, the criminal justice reform bill signed by Governor Nathan Deal on May 2, 2012.

Specifically, HB 1176 changes the definition of “child service organization personnel” to include volunteers. The new law defines “child service organization personnel” as follows:

‘Child service organization 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.

“From an ethical and moral standpoint, volunteers who work with children already have an obligation to report suspected child abuse,” said Olens. “HB 1176 simply makes this obligation a requirement by law.”

Jake Lilley June 11, 2012 at 02:34 PM
The thought police strike again. With a stroke of the pen, we have created a brand new category of criminals - VOLUNTEERS. We now live in a world in which a man can be convicted of his conscience. Under this law, it is safer to accuse your fellow man of wrong-doing rather than risk the conviction of doubt and inaction. Such laws prey on fear, encourage distrust and deteriorate society into two classes of persons; the suspected and the suspicious. The following link provides a list of those legislators who voted for and against this bill. http://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/en-US/Display/20112012/HB/1176

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