Lesson 2: Who Must Report

Though everyone should report child abuse, a number of professionals must report abuse or be held liable by law. These individuals, called mandated reporters, are primarily people who have contact with children through their employment. The specific positions are listed in California Penal Code 11165.7 The list is extensive and continues to grow. Volunteers (with the exception of Court Appointed Special Advocates) of public or private organizations are not mandated reporters, but are encouraged to report concerns of abuse or neglect.

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