All school employees are mandated reporters of suspected child abuse. If you suspect child abuse, you MUST report it to the appropriate agency and complete the correct form. Refer to LAUSD Bulletin-1347.0 Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Requirements.
All LAUSD employees are directed to complete a Child Abuse Reporting Training, every year, prior to the start of the school year. The training is available online through the Learning Zone.
CA Penal Code, Section 11166(b) Provides:
Any child care custodian, medical practitioner, non-medical practitioner, or employer of a child protective agency who has knowledge of or who reasonably suspects that mental suffering has been inflicted on a child or his or her emotional well-being is endangered in any other way, may report such suspected instance of child abuse to a child protective agency.
CA Penal Code, Section 1172(b) Provides:
Any person who fails to report an instance of child abuse which he or she knows to exist or reasonably should know to exist, as required by this article, is guilty of a misdemeanor and is punishable by confinement in the county jail for a term not to exceed six months, or by a fine of not more than five hundred dollars, or both.
For the purpose of these laws, child abuse includes, but is not limited to, physical injury, sexual assault, mental abuse and/or general neglect.
- In any instance of suspected or known child abuse, a teacher or staff member must call the Los Angeles Police Department (213) 486-0530 or the Department of Children and Family Services at (800) 540-4000 only for less severe abuse.
- You will not be identified as the person who reported the known or suspected abuse.
- You will not be held responsible if abuse is not found.
- You are legally responsible to report the abuse with a phone call immediately and in written form within 36 hours to the appropriate agency. Child abuse forms are available for download on this website, or hard copies can be obtained from the Health Office or the Attendance Office.
- Document date and time when the call is made: contact person’s name, title, position, ID number, and the response or directive from the contact person.
Consequences for Non-Compliance
If you do not comply with the policy, you may be subject to school district disciplinary action and person, professional, civil and or criminal liability.