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Be Sure You Know Illinois Law for Reporting Child Abuse & Neglect
Posted on: 5/25/2017

Physicians and residents are among the professionals who are required to report to the Department of Children and Family Services any child known to them in their professional or official capacity when they have reasonable cause to believe that child may be abused or neglected.

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?

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? Please call 800-782-4767 ext. 3004 or send an email.


This ISMS medical legal guideline 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.



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