Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Changes to Child Abuse Law in OK


The Department shall electronically record each referral received by the hotline and establish a secure means of retaining the recordings for ninety days. The recordings shall be confidential and subject to disclosure only in those cases in which criminal charges related to the referral have been filed. If the court orders the disclosure of the referral, the Department shall redact any information identifying the reporting party unless otherwise ordered by the court.
Additionally, the amended law now states that any person with prolonged knowledge of ongoing child abuse or neglect who knowingly and willfully fails to promptly report such knowledge may be reported to local law enforcement for criminal investigation. Upon conviction shall be guilty of a felony. For the purposes of this paragraph, "prolonged knowledge" shall mean knowledge of at least six months of child abuse or neglect.

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