232.70  Reporting procedure.

1.  Each report made by a mandatory reporter, as defined in section 232.69, subsection 1, shall be made both orally and in writing. Each report made by a permissive reporter, as defined in section 232.69, subsection 2, may be oral, written, or both.

2.  The oral report shall be made by telephone or otherwise to the department of human services. If the person making the report has reason to believe that immediate protection for the child is advisable, that person shall also make an oral report to an appropriate law enforcement agency.

3.  The written report shall be made to the department of human services within forty-eight hours after such oral report.

4.  Upon receipt of a report the department shall do all of the following:

a.  Immediately, upon receipt of an oral report, make a determination as to whether the report constitutes an allegation of child abuse as defined in section 232.68.

b.  Notify the appropriate county attorney of the receipt of the report.

5.  The oral and written reports shall contain the following information, or as much thereof as the person making the report is able to furnish:

a.  The names and home address of the child and the child's parents or other persons believed to be responsible for the child's care;

b.  The child's present whereabouts if not the same as the parent's or other person's home address;

c.  The child's age;

d.  The nature and extent of the child's injuries, including any evidence of previous injuries;

e.  The name, age and condition of other children in the same home;

f.  Any other information which the person making the report believes might be helpful in establishing the cause of the injury to the child, the identity of the person or persons responsible for the injury, or in providing assistance to the child; and

g.  The name and address of the person making the report.

6.  A report made by a permissive reporter, as defined in section 232.69, subsection 2, shall be regarded as a report pursuant to this chapter whether or not the report contains all of the information required by this section and may be made to the department of human services, county attorney, or law enforcement agency. If the report is made to any agency other than the department of human services, such agency shall promptly refer the report to the department of human services.

7.  If a report would be determined to constitute an allegation of child abuse as defined under section 232.68, subsection 2, paragraph "c" or "e", except that the suspected abuse resulted from the acts or omissions of a person other than a person responsible for the care of the child, the department shall refer the report to the appropriate law enforcement agency having jurisdiction to investigate the allegation. The department shall refer the report orally as soon as practicable and in writing within seventy-two hours of receiving the report.

8.  Within twenty-four hours of receiving a report from a mandatory or permissive reporter, the department shall inform the reporter, orally or by other appropriate means, whether or not the department has commenced an assessment of the allegation in the report.

Section History: Early form

  [C66, 71, 73, 75, 77, § 235A.4; C79, 81, § 232.70]

Section History: Recent form

  83 Acts, ch 96, § 157, 159; 87 Acts, ch 153, § 4; 97 Acts, ch 176, §2, 17; 2000 Acts, ch 1137, §4, 14

Internal References

  Referred to in § 232.68, 232.69

Footnotes

  2000 amendment applies to disclosures of information made on or after April 21, 2000, related to child abuse reported before, on, or after that date; 2000 Acts, ch 1137, §14


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