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Child Abuse Prevention

Information for local educational agencies (LEAs) regarding mandated reporting requirements, mandated reporter training, resources, and technical assistance to promote child well-being and protection from abuse.

As educators, our most important duty is the protection of the children in our care.

--Tom Torlakson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction

Training

Introduction to Online Child Abuse Mandated Reporter Training External link opens in new window or tab.
Tom Torlakson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction of the California Department of Education and Greg Rose, Director of Children & Family Services in the California Department of Social Services, and the Parent Teacher Association introduce the Educator’s training module for mandated reporting of child abuse and neglect.

Online Child Abuse Mandated Reporter Training External link opens in new window or tab.
Mandated reporter training funded by the Office of Child Abuse Prevention. Training modules offered by the Chadwick Center for Children at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego. The training defines the various requirements of the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and also offers specialized training for various occupational groups, including educators.

Reporting Guidelines & Procedures

Child Abuse Reporting Procedures for Parents and Guardians
Available Translations of Child Abuse Reporting Procedures for Parents and Guardians
Information to assist parents and guardians in determining whether or not child abuse has occurred and, if so, how to file a complaint of child abuse with local law enforcement.

Revised Guidelines for Parents and Guardians to Report Allegations of Child Abuse Letter
March 5, 2014 letter from the State Superintendent of Public Instruction to District and County Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding revised guidelines for parents and guardians to follow to report allegations of child abuse occurring at a school site.

Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect Letter
February 14, 2013 letter from the State Superintendent of Public Instruction to District and County Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding California Penal Code requirements concerning the mandatory reporting of child abuse and neglect.

California Penal Code Section 11165.7 External link opens in new window or tab.
Definition of "mandated reporter" and which personnel are designated mandated reporters.

Emergency Response Hotline Numbers for County Child Protective Services External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)
Telephone numbers for each county's emergency response for child abuse reporting.

Reporting Form for LEAs Who Have Not Provided Mandatory Reporting Training (DOC)
California Penal Code Section 11165.7(d) requires that school districts that do not train their employees in the duties of mandated reporters shall report to the State Department of Education the reasons why this training was not provided.

Reporting Tip Sheet External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)
Worksheet describing California Mandated Reporting, laws, what must be reported, and how to file a report alleging child abuse or neglect.

Additional Resources

California Department of Social Services, Child Abuse Prevention External link opens in new window or tab.
Information and contacts pertaining to child abuse prevention, including how to report suspected child abuse.

California Health and Human Services Agency, Child Abuse Prevention, Intervention, and Treatment External link opens in new window or tab.
Provides a range of health care services, social services, mental health services, alcohol and drug treatment services, income assistance and public health services to Californians.

Every Child Matters Educational Fund External link opens in new window or tab.
A non-profit, non-partisan organization working to make public investments in children, youth, and families a national political priority.

US Department of Health and Human Services, Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect External link opens in new window or tab.
Resources on child abuse prevention, protecting children from risk of abuse, and strengthening families. Includes information on supporting families, protective factors, public awareness, community activities, positive parenting, and prevention programs.

Questions: Stephanie Papas | spapas@cde.ca.gov | 916-445-8441 
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