Child Abuse Reporting Procedures

Penal Code # 11166.5 requires that: “Any person who enters into employment on or after January 1, 1985, as a child care custodian, medical practitioner, or nonmedical practitioner, or with a child protective agency, prior to commencing his or her employment, and as a prerequisite to that employment, shall sign a statement on a form provided to him or her by his or her employer to the effect that he or she has knowledge of the provisions of Section 11166 and will comply with its provisions.”

Section 11166 of the Penal Code requires any child care custodian, medical practitioner, nonmedical practitioner, or employee of a child protective agency who has knowledge of, or has knowledge of or observes a child in his or her professional capacity, or within the scope of his or her employment whom he or she knows, or reasonably suspects, has been the victim of a child abuse, to report the known or suspected instance of child abuse to a child protective agency immediately or as soon as practically possible by telephone and to prepare and send a written report thereof within 36 hours of receiving the information concerning the incident.

“Child care custodian” includes teachers, administrative officers, supervisors of child welfare and attendance, or certificated pupil personnel employees of any public or private day camp; licensed day care workers; administrators of community care facilities licensed to care for children; headstart teachers; licensing workers or licensing evaluators; public assistance workers; employees of a child care institution including, but not limited to foster parents, group home personnel, and personnel of residential care facilities; and social workers or probation officers.

“Medical practitioner” includes physicians and surgeons, psychiatrists, psychologists, dentists, residents, interns podiatrists, chiropractors, licensed nurses, dental hygienists, or any other person who is licensed under Division 2 (commencing with Section 500) of the Business and Professions Code.

“Nonmedical practitioner” includes state of county public health employees who treat minors for venereal disease or any other condition; coroners; paramedics; marriage, family or child counselors, and religious practitioners who diagnose, examine, treat children.