Senate Bill 465
COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE FOR COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE
SHORT TITLE: Relating to mandated reporting of child abuse and neglect.
CODE REFERENCE: §49-2-803 (Amends and Reenacts)
This bill was introduced upon the recommendations of the Task Force on
Prevention of Sexual Abuse of Children, which was established by W.Va. Code §49-2-8 to
make recommendations for decreasing incidence of sexual abuse of children. The bill
clarifies that sexual abuse and sexual assault constitute abuse of a child for reporting
requirement purposes. The bill also reduces the period in which a mandated reporter
must report suspected abuse or neglect from 48 to 24 hours. The bill requires mandated
reporters to directly report known or suspected cases of abuse or neglect to the proper
authorities, rather than to simply report the cases to a supervisor or person in charge.
Additionally, the bill removes broad reporting requirements in the current Code
that apply to any person over 18, as well as certain exceptions to the time-period during
which mandatory reporting must take place. The bill also removes reporting
requirements applicable only to school employees as well as reporting requirements
specific to conduct between students and school personnel; the more general
requirements in the bill for mandatory reporting already require reporting by school
personnel and reporting of conduct between school personnel and students.
DATE OF PASSAGE: March 7, 2018
EFFECTIVE DATE: June 5, 2018
ACTION BY GOVERNOR: Signed March 27, 2018