California

Code Section
§11164, et seq.

What Constitutes Abuse
Sexual abuse or exploitation as listed by incident in 11165.1; neglect; willful cruelty or unjustifiable punishment; any physical injury inflicted other than by accidental means

Mandatory Reporting Required By
Health practitioner, child visitation monitors, fire fighter, animal control officer, humane society officer, district attorney, school employees, film processors, clergy, social workers, day care workers, police department employees, administrators or employees of public or private youth organizations or day camps

Basis of Report of Abuse/Neglect
Knows or reasonably suspects or observes child abuse

To Whom Reported
To a child protective agency (police or sheriff’s department, county probation department, or country welfare department)

Penalty for Failure to Report or False Reporting
Misdemeanor; up to 6 months in jail and/or up to $1,000


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