Conflicted Over Confidentiality: Indiana Ethics Opinion Says Lawyers Not Always Obligated to Report Child Abuse.
Hudson, Jr., David L.
Published: March 2016
ABA Child Law Practice
Vol. 35, No. 3 , p. 42-43
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This article explains that Indiana law requires anyone who has reason to believe that a child is a victim of abuse or neglect to immediately make a report to the State department of child services or a local law enforcement agency, however, the Indiana State bar Association has concluded that the obligation of lawyers to report cases of child abuse or neglect is not absolute. The dilemma between the mandatory reporting statute and the duty of confidentiality under professional conduct rules is discussed.
Indiana; professional conduct; lawyers; mandatory reporting; confidentiality; child abuse reporting; ethics