What Are the Child Abuse Laws in California?

May 7, 2018
Posted on: May 7, 2018
Author: Ramey Law P.C.
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California, like many other states in this country, has strict laws pertaining to child abuse. Child abuse, generally speaking, happens whenever a parent or adult caretaker physically, emotionally, or sexually abuses or abandons a child. These laws have been enacted in order to protect children from serious harm or injury, even in a family or school setting. Child abuse is more common than most Americans think; there are more than 3 million reports of child abuse every year.

What Are the Laws Regarding Child Abuse in California?

California child abuse laws are within the state’s penal code. Under California law, abuse is constituted as sexual abuse or exploitation in incidents regarding neglect, willful cruelty, or any other unjustifiable punishment against a minor child. Abuse is also defined as any physical injury inflicted other than by accidental means. In California, mandatory abuse reporting is required by any health practitioner, firefighter, animal control officer, district attorney, school employee, clergy, social worker, day care worker, law enforcement officer, day camp employees, or any other employee that instructs or monitor public or private youth.  Mandatory reporters can report child abuse on the basis of knowing or reasonably suspecting any abuse, and they must report to a child protective agency, such as a state police department or county probation department. Failing to report or falsely reporting can result in a misdemeanor and up to six months in jail with a $1000 fine.

If you or a family member have been a victim of victim of child abuse in California, our abuse attorneys can help you and represent your family in court. Contact Ramey Law, P.C. today to schedule a free consultation.