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.

Mark C. Blane is a San Diego Child Injury/Accident Attorney and the managing lawyer of the Law Offices of Mark C. Blane, a San Diego, California Personal Injury Law Office dedicated to representing families of minor children injured due to the negligence of others. If you or a loved one, who is a minor child, has been injured or killed in a child accident in San Diego, please order your free copy of Mr. Blane's book, The 10 Secrets You Need To Know About Your Injury Case, BEFORE You Call A Lawyer. It is full of helpful information that will help you protect your legal rights and it normally sells for $16.95.  However, it is free to all California residents, or those injured in a California accident.