Child abuse and maltreatment investigative and prevention resources are severely limited. Preventing the waste of such resources is necessary to ensure that the greatest number of children at risk receive the protection they need.
Deter False Allegations and Harassment
The new law is intended to deter those who knowingly make these false allegations, and thus preserve precious resources while punishing those who would knowingly cause an unnecessary diversion of these resources. In addition, it is intended to deter harassment because false reports of child abuse or maltreatment have been used as a vehicle to harass parents, guardians, family members or others, particularly in connection with child custody proceedings.
The Crime of Falsely Reporting a False Claim
This law makes it a crime to knowingly report a false claim of child abuse or maltreatment, when the false report is provided to the statewide central register of child abuse and maltreatment, or the false report is provided to any person required to report cases of suspected child abuse or maltreatment under the social services law, knowing that the person is required to report these cases and with the intent that the alleged occurrence be reported to the statewide central register.