Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA) Policy

Important Information Regarding California Child Abuse & Neglect Act

The California Child Abuse and Neglect Act (CANRA) requires employers to identify “Mandated Reporters” and secure, as a condition of employment, acknowledgment of their status and reporting obligations.

These are individuals required to report observed or suspected child abuse or neglect to designated law enforcement or social service agencies and secure, as a condition of employment, acknowledgment of their status and reporting obligations.

Frequently asked questions and a chart listing categories of personnel that are included in the reporting requirement is in UC CANRA Policy. 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.

UC Office of the President 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.

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



To report observed or suspected child abuse or neglect, UC policy requires mandated reporters to file an internal report with the University as well as a report with law enforcement or a child welfare agency.  internal reports may be made anonymously. An internal report may be made through the Ethics Point Hotline. Contact information for reporting are listed below.


Ethics Point Hotline (internal whistleblower hotline)*

UC Davis Compliance Department

UC Davis Police Department
City of Davis Police Department
Yolo County Child Welfare Services
Sacramento County Child Protective Services