Mandating reporting laws
Mandated Reporters are persons who, as a result of their profession, are more likely to be aware of abuse or neglect of persons with disabilities.Mandated Reporters are required by law to report cases of suspected abuse to the Disabled Persons Protection Commission (DPPC) when they have a suspicion that a person with a disability is suffering from a reportable condition of abuse or neglect.Mandated Reporters are immune from civil or criminal liability as a result of filing a report of abuse committed against a person with a disability.Non-mandated reporters are also protected providing the report was made in good faith.
All persons hired into positions included on the list of mandated reporters are required, upon employment, to be provided with a statement, informing them that they are a mandated reporter and their obligations to report suspected cases of abuse and neglect pursuant to California Penal Code Section 11166.5.
If child abuse or neglect is reasonably suspected or if a pupil shares information with a mandated reporter leading him/her to believe abuse or neglect has taken place, the report must be made.
No supervisor or administrator can impede or inhibit a report or subject the reporting person to any sanction.
The failure to report crimes and incidences of suspected abuse and neglect committed against persons with disabilities can result in severe consequences for the alleged victim, other potential victims, and the Mandated Reporter.
Victims of abuse and neglect are at increased risk of further abuse, if it goes unreported.