Reporting Suspected Abuse

Calling manThese resources will be helpful in understanding reporting obligations as well as following through on the reporting of suspected abuse of children and vulnerable adults in the state of California. If you live in another state, please check with your state authorities about your obligations and procedures for reporting.

If you suspect abuse call 911 or your local police department’s regular line.  You can also call your local Child Protective or Family Services hotline.  Be prepared to give whatever information you have about the suspected victim, such name, age, location of child, and reasons for suspecting abuse.

Many states offer free on-line training for mandated reporters.  California’s training is available at: Free CA Mandated Reporter Training  You may log on and off so do not need to complete the entire training in one session.  At the end you will receive a certificate of completion.