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Who must report?

Mandatory Reporting

While it is everyone’s responsibility to report child abuse and neglect, there are many in Alaska who are required to report by law. These mandatory reporters are defined in state and federal statutes.

State law (A.S. 47.17.020) requires that the following people report child maltreatment:

  • Practitioners of the healing arts, including chiropractors, mental health counselors, social workers, dentists, dental hygienists, health aides, nurses, nurse practitioners, certified nurse aides, occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, optometrists, osteopaths, naturopaths, physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, physicians, physician assistants, psychiatrists, psychologists, psychological associates, audiologists, speech-language pathologists, hearing aid dealers, marital and family therapists, religious healing practitioners, acupuncturists, and surgeons
  • Administrative officers of institutions, including public and private hospitals or other facilities for medical diagnosis, treatment or care
  • Paid employees of domestic violence and sexual assault prevention programs, and crisis intervention and prevention programs
  • Paid employees of an organization that provides counseling or treatment to individuals seeking to control their use of drugs or alcohol
  • School teachers and school administrative staff members (public and private schools)
  • Athletic coaches of both public and private schools
  • Peace officers and officers of the state Department of Corrections
  • Child care providers, including foster parents, day care providers and paid staff
  • Members of child fatality review teams, and multidisciplinary child protection teams
  • Volunteers who interact with children in a public or private school for more than four hours a week


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