CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT REPORTING ACT STATEMENT (CANRA)
Important Information Regarding California Child Abuse & Neglect Act
The UC Office of Ethics, Compliance & Audit Services distributed the new University policy to facilitate compliance with the California Child Abuse and Neglect Act (CANRA). CANRA requires employers to identify “Mandated Reporters” and secure, as a condition of employment, acknowledgment of their status and reporting obligations.
A chart listing categories of personnel that are included in the reporting requirement is in Related Information. The positions subject to this requirement have been expanded as of January 1, 2013, to include athletic coaches (including graduate assistants) and postsecondary employees and administrators whose duties bring them into regular contact with children (or who supervise such employees). The term “children” is defined to include individuals under the age of 18.
UCOP has asked the campuses to affirm their compliance with the existing statutory requirements. Your assistance is needed to ensure that your organization has implemented the following actions as appropriate:
- Advise all new employees in positions identified as “Mandated Reporters” of the requirements to report any observed or suspected child abuse or neglect, and ask them to sign a statement acknowledging these responsibilities as a condition of employment.
- Reaffirm that a signed statement is on file from existing employees designated as “Mandated Reporters”, or secure such a statement if not on file. In particular, all licensed health professionals and all employees assigned to campus police departments, childcare centers, day camps, and K-12 programs need to have signed certifications. You should also consider whether any other employees in your workforce meet the expanded definition of "mandated reporter." The signed original forms should be sent to central HR for staff positions and to Academic Affairs for academic positions. A copy of the signed form needs to be retained with the employee’s departmental personnel files.
To read the full policy, see the list of mandated reporters, obtain the Mandated Reporter form, and FAQs please go to Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA) Policy. If you have any questions regarding this policy or whether certain employees in your organization are "mandated reporters," please contact Stephen Green, Manager, Employee and Labor Relations at firstname.lastname@example.org.