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Avoid Fines, Discipline or Prison: Be Sure You Know Illinois Law for Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect
Posted on: 1/28/2019

Mandatory reporters are required to report to the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) when they have reasonable cause to believe that a child known to them in their professional capacity may be an abused or neglected child.

Physicians and residents are among those required to report.

But what happens if you fail to report? Would you be fined or subjected to disciplinary action, such as license suspension or revocation? Could you face a prison sentence? Depending on the circumstance, the answer is yes.  

Get answers to these important questions with ISMS' medical legal guideline, Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Requirements and Temporary Protection Custody.*

This resource will cover the penalties for failing to report, and under what circumstances physicians are immune from civil, criminal and other liability if they report child abuse or neglect, or participate in an investigation.

The medical legal guideline also includes what situations could lead to placing a child in temporary protective custody without consent.

Questions? Contact ISMS' legal department at 800-782-4767 or by email


This ISMS medical legal guideline is a member benefit and is password protected.

If you need to request a username and password, contact online support at 888-476-7776 or onlinehelp@isms.org between 8:30 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. After-hours requests are answered promptly the next business day. You may also register online or retrieve your username or password.

*This guideline is for educational purposes only.



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