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.