Here Are The Mandatory Reporting Laws In California

California

(1) Does the state require everyone to report child abuse, including sex abuse?  No, but the list of mandatory reporters is far more extensive than in many other states.

(2) Does the law require coaches to report child abuse? Yes. Coaches at both the K-12 and the college level are explicitly required to report.

(3) Does the law require college staff to report child abuse? Yes. The law covers college employees “whose duties bring [them] into contact with children on a regular basis.

(4) Does the law allow jail time for those who fail to properly report abuse? Yes; the penalty is up to a year in jail and up to a $5,000 fine.

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Aaron Keller is an attorney licensed in two states. He holds a juris doctor degree from the University of New Hampshire School of Law and a broadcast journalism degree from Syracuse University. During law school, he completed legal residencies in the Office of the New Hampshire Attorney General and in a local prosecutor’s office. He was employed as a summer associate in the New Hampshire Department of Safety, which manages the state police, and further served as a summer law clerk for a New York trial judge. Before law school, Keller worked for television stations in New York and in the Midwest, mostly as an evening news anchor and investigative reporter. His original reporting on the Wisconsin murder of Teresa Halbach was years later featured in the Netflix film "Making A Murderer."

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