Learn more about the issues of child abuse and neglect prevention in California, report suspected abuse, and contact information for related entities. 

Publication 132

California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Law: Issues and Answers for Mandated Reporters 

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Easy Steps for California Mandated Reporting

One Page Reporting Tip Sheet 

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What You Should Know About Mandated Reporting

One Page Tip Sheet

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Suspected Child Abuse Report

Form 8572 California Suspected Child Abuse Report Form 

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Form 8572 Instructions

Definitions and Instructions for the Completion of Form 8572 

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Contact Child Welfare Services

CPS Emergency Response Hotline Phone Numbers

Visit Child Welfare Services Website

Additional Resources


We suggest the following publications for more information about child abuse.

  • Cultural Considerations in Domestic Violence Cases: A National Judges Benchmark, published by the Family Violence Prevention Fund with a grant from the State Justice Institute. Download Digital Publication
  • What You Need to Know if a Child is Being Abused or Neglected, published by the Center for Prevention of Sexual and Domestic Violence, Seattle, WA
  • When a Child is at Risk, published by The Center for Human Services, UC Davis Extension, University of California, Davis

Why you should care.

Nearly 700,000 children are abused in the U.S annually.
A report of child abuse is made every ten seconds.
5 children die every day from child abuse and neglect.

Stop the Abuse.

If you suspect that a child is in
danger of abuse or neglect,
report it.

Take Action.

Discover ways you can be active
in the fight to end child abuse.