Who must report child abuse?
California law requires that any person whose job involves working professionally with children and who knows or has reason to believe that a child is being neglected or physically or sexually abused shall immediately report the suspected incident to the local law enforcement and/or child welfare services.
Mandated reporters include:
- Childcare custodians (school, daycare, etc.);
- Health practitioners (medical and non-medical);
- Employees of child protective agencies (police department and Department of Family and Children’s Services (DFCS));
- Commercial film and photographic print processors;
- Child visitation monitors;
- Peace Officers;
- Probation and parole officers;
- Custodial officers and defined by PC 831.5;
- Firefighters, animal control officers, humane society officers;
- Clergy (excluding confession or its equivalent)
The report must be made as soon as practical.
Child Abuse Mandated Reporters (See Link)
Online Mandated Reporter Trainings (See Link)
Suspected Child Abuse Report Form (See Link)
Suspected Child Abuse Report Instructions (See Link)