In the new Legal Forum Column, Christie A. Moore discussed child abuse or neglect reporting in Kentucky. Read her advice below and don’t miss our monthly Legal Forum Column in Louisville Business First.

I noticed bruises on a child that suggest abuse. Am I required by law to report?

In 2014, 20 out of every 1,000 Kentucky children were victims of neglect or abuse. A child is abused or neglected when his/her health or welfare is harmed or threatened with harm by a parent, guardian, person in a position of authority or special trust, or person exercising control or supervision of the child.

In Kentucky, any person who knows or has reasonable cause to believe that a child is neglected or abused shall immediately cause a report to be made to an abuse hotline (1-877-KYSAFE1); local or state law enforcement; Cabinet for Health and Family Services; or the Commonwealth or County Attorney. Importantly, if your report is made “in good faith,” you are immune from legal liability.

If you fail to make a report, you could be charged with a Class B Misdemeanor, and ordered to serve up to 90 days in jail and charged a fine up to $250.