On January 1, 2020, significant changes to the Illinois mandated reporter law took effect. These changes are particularly important for all persons who care for children, such as in houses of worship, schools, and social service organizations.
Except for revealing items given in clergy penitent "confession," pastors are now mandated to report suspected child abuse. The new amendments also enact mandatory reporting for "educational personnel," but unfortunately, the legislation does not contain explicit exemptions for those educational personnel such as Sunday school teachers. Because of this, even volunteers could possibly be subject to the reporting, training, and filing requirements placed on clergy.