SOME CALIFORNIA SUPERVISORS MUST REPORT CHILD ABUSE
The California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Law, adopted in 1980, requires that certain mandated reporters make formal reports of suspected child abuse to law enforcement authorities.
As defined in the law, child abuse includes acts and omissions constituting physical abuse, sexual abuse (including both sexual assault and sexual exploitation), willful cruelty or unjustified punishment, unlawful corporal punishment or injury, and neglect.
The law has been amended several times over the years, including by identifying additional groups of persons as mandated reporters. Now, effective Jan. 1, 2021, certain California human resources professionals and frontline supervisors will also be identified as mandated reporters.