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Professionals Required to Report Suspected Child Abuse

Individuals designated as mandatory reporters typically have frequent contact with children. Such individuals may include:
  • Social workers
  • Teachers and other school personnel
  • Physicians and other health-care workers
  • Mental health professionals
  • Child care providers
  • Medical examiners or coroners
  • Law enforcement officers
  1. Call the Department of Family and Children's Services Child Abuse and Neglect Center at tel. 408-299-2071.
  2. Complete a State of California Suspected Child Abuse Report (SS8572).
  3. Mail the written report (SS8572) within 36 hours of receiving the information concerning the incident to the:
Santa Clara County Department of Family and Children's Services
Child Abuse and Neglect Center
373 West Julian St. - Second Floor
San Jose CA 95110
Mandated reporters have immunity from civil or criminal liability as a result of making the report.

Failure to report a suspected abuse carries a punishment not to exceed six months in jail or $1000 or both.

The identity of all persons who report shall be confidential. No supervisor or administrator may impede or prohibit reporting.