State Laws. B. Child Abuse Reporting Requirements


1. Inclusion of statutory rape in reporting requirements

Mandated reporters are required to report all incidences of child abuse, including unlawful sexual behavior,[129] to the proper authorities.[130] The definition of unlawful sexual behavior includes the crimes listed in the previous section.[131] The definition of abuse does not include any provisions that indicate that it applies only to parents, guardians, or custodians of the child in question.

2. Mandatory reporters

Mandated reporters include: physical and mental health providers; members of the clergy;[132] school employees; social workers; child care workers; peace officers; and victims advocates.[133]

3. Who to report to

Mandated reporters must immediately report cases of suspected child abuse to the county Department of Social Services or local law enforcement agency. If the report is not made in writing, it must be promptly followed by a written report.[134]

4. State response

Any county Department of Social Services receiving reports of abuse must immediately transmit a copy to the district attorney’s office and local law enforcement. Additionally, the county Department must submit a report to the state Department of Social Services within 60 days of receiving a report if the report is confirmed.[135]