Child Abuse Reporting Laws for California

State and Statute: California, Penal Code 11164 et seq.

What Is Reportable "Abuse": Physical, sexual, or mental abuse, or neglect (but child abuse does not include "mutual affray between minors").

Mandatory Reporters: Includes any "clergy member" and "custodian of records of a clergy member," counselors, teachers and teacher's aides employed by public or private schools who have been trained about child abuse reporting, administrators of private day camps, an administrator or employee of a private organization whose duties require direct contact and supervision of children, an administrator or employee of a licensed child care facility.

"Clergy member" defined as "a priest, minister, rabbi, religious practitioner, or similar functionary of a church, temple, or recognized denomination or organization." [11165.7(a)(32)]

"(b) Volunteers of public or private organizations whose duties require direct contact with and supervision of children are not mandated reporters but are encouraged to obtain training in the identification and reporting of child abuse and neglect and are further encouraged to report known or suspected instances of child abuse or neglect. (c) Employers are strongly encouraged to provide their employees who are mandated reporters with training in the duties imposed by this article. This training shall include training in child abuse and neglect identification and training in child abuse and neglect reporting. … Employers shall provide their employees who are mandated reporters with the statement required pursuant to [mandatory reporter requirements]" [11165.7(46)(b)(c)]

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