The first child abuse reporting law in California was enacted in the year 1963. The early California laws mandated only physicians to report physical abuse. Thankfully, over the years, numerous amendments have expanded the definition of child abuse and the persons required to report the activity. Procedures for reporting categories of child abuse have also been clarified more distinctly.  In California, certain professionals are required to report known or suspected child abuse. Other citizens, not required by law to report, may also do so in order to help.  It is important for practitioners and other mandated reporters to keep updated on periodic amendments in the law. Your local Child Abuse Prevention Council or Child Protective Agency (see above) have current reporting law information.