Mandated reporters are required by law to report suspected cases of child neglect, sexual abuse or physical abuse to the authorities. The purpose is to either stop potential abuse or to prevent further abuse and to provide the victim and family members with the help and resources they need. When mandated reporters fail to carry out their legal duties, the results can be tragic.
The attorneys at the Connecticut law firm of Tremont Sheldon P.C. have extensive experience handling sensitive cases involving sexual abuse. We provide compassionate, understanding legal representation that is designed to hold abusers and those who protect abusers accountable for the harm suffered by their victims.
Who Is Considered a Mandatory Reporter Under Connecticut Law?
There are a number of workers who regularly encounter children who are considered mandatory reporters under Connecticut law, including:
- Doctors, nurses and other medical professionals
- Principals, school teachers, coaches and other education professionals
- Social workers
- Police officers
- Clergy members
- Day care and other child care workers
When these and other professionals have reasonable cause to believe or suspect that a child has been abused or neglected, they must report their concerns in accordance with state law. Failure to do so may result in a monetary fine and mandatory participation in a training program.
Holding All Negligent Parties Accountable
In addition to facing potential penalties brought by the state, a mandatory reporter also leaves himself or herself open to civil liability for failing to report suspected child abuse. Our lawyers work hard to hold all negligent parties accountable in sexual abuse cases, including employees, employers and institutions that could have potentially put a stop to the abuse by following mandatory reporting laws.
As a highly regarded law firm that has been a pioneer in these types of cases in Connecticut, you can rely on our legal team to provide you with zealous representation that is sensitive to the nature of these types of cases. We understand how to navigate delicate situations and how to ensure the privacy and confidentiality of the victims of sexual abuse.
Contact the Bridgeport Law Firm of Tremont Sheldon P.C.
We understand the concerns of individuals and families about reporting sexual abuse. We are adept at protecting the privacy interests of our clients while holding abusers accountable. Our attorneys are experienced, compassionate and professional when representing our clients. We create an environment where clients can feel safe and confident in our ability to see that justice is done.