Who is a Mandated Reporter?
Mandated Reporters are people with certain jobs who are required by law to report child abuse. Often this is because of their frequent contact with children.
California's Penal Code § 11166 requires that "a mandated reporter shall make a report whenever he or she, in his or her professional capacity or within the scope of his or her employment, has knowledge of or observes a child whom the mandated reporter knows or reasonably suspects has been the victim of child abuse or neglect."
Mandated Reporters must report suspected child abuse or neglect. They must report to DFCS or the police at once or as soon as possible.
In case of life threatening emergency, call 911.
Call the CANC reporting line - (833) SCC – KIDS (722-5437) Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Mandated Reporter must also submit a completed Form 8572-Suspected Child Abuse Report.
This form must be completed 36 hours of getting the information about the suspected abuse to DFCS via one of the following:
- Email: [email protected] or click here.
- Fax: (408) 975-5851.
- Mail: Department of Family & Children’s Services
Attn: Child Abuse & Neglect Center (CANC)
373 W. Julian St.
San Jose, CA 95110
Mandated Reporter Training
The Santa Clara County Department of Family Children’s Services in partnership with Seneca Family of Agencies provides FREE, on demand and monthly Mandated Reporter trainings (virtual/in-person) in English or Spanish. The Mandated Reporter Training is 3 hours, available for Santa Clara County Mandated Reporters only and CEU’s are provided.
Check out the Child Mandated Reporter 2.5 - CEs-General Info Flyer concerning the classes and links to register.
The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) and the Office of Child Abuse Prevention (OCAP) also provides free 24/7 self-paced Mandated Reporter training online in English and Spanish.
Mandated Reporters should check with their employment agency before registering to ensure trainings satisfy employment requirements.
Child Abuse Prevention CouncilSanta Clara County Foster and Adoptive Parent AssociationThe Superior Court of California, Santa Clara CountyFirst 5 - Santa Clara CountyCDSS - Resource Family ApprovalSanta Clara County Juvenile Dependency CourtCatholic Charities – Kinship Resource CenterCalifornia Department of Social Services - Office of Child Abuse PreventionTransitioned Age Youth (TAY) Services