Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act

Mandated Reporters

Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect

It Is Our Responsibility

Community members have an important role in protecting children (anyone under the age of 18) from abuse and neglect. The California Community College Chancellor’s Office has determined that all faculty and most classified employees are mandated reporters of child abuse. If you reasonably suspect a child is suffering abuse, you are required to report the abuse to law enforcement and/or Child Protective Services.

Mandated Reporting Contact Information

24 Hour Child Protective Services (CPS) Child Protective Services are mandated by Federal and State Law to investigate and respond to all allegations of suspected child abuse and neglect.

  • Reports of abuse and neglect can be reported to these hotlines: (877) 505-3299 or (831) 454-2273
  • In addition to calling the hotline, Mandated Reporters must complete the Suspected Child Abuse Report (SCAR). Completed reports of child abuse are to faxed to CPS at (831) 454-4717.

Santa Cruz County Sherriff's Department, Cabrillo Division:

  • Dispatch (Non-Emergency): (831) 471-1121
  • Emergency: 911

Watsonville Police Department:

  • Dispatch (Non-Emergency): (831) 471-1151
  • Emergency: 911

District Considerations:

Internal Reporting: State law does not require a mandated reporter to notify College administration of a report. The district encourages employees who file a report to notify College administration for purposes of awareness and expediting CPS investigations.