Mandated Reporting

  • Any of the below acts involving anyone under the age of 18 MUST be reported:

    • Physical Abuse
    • Sexual Abuse
    • Emotional Abuse
    • Neglect

    The mandated reporter must only have reasonable suspicion that a child has been mistreated; no evidence or proof is required prior to making a report. The case will be further investigated by law enforcement and/or child welfare services.

    How to Report:
    By Phone: Immediately, or as soon as possible, make a telephone report to child welfare services and/or to a Police or Sheriff’s department.

    Child Welfare Services  
    (209) 558 - 3665
    (800) 558-3665

    In Writing: Within 36 hours, a Suspected Child Abuse Report (Form 8572) must be sent, faxed or submitted electronically.


  • How can you prevent child abuse and neglect?

  • What can you do if you suspect that a child has been abused or neglected?