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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)]

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