When Do You Report abuse?

Child abuse must be reported when one who is a legally mandated reporter “…has knowledge of or observes a child in his or her professional capacity, or within the scope of his or her employment whom he or she knows or reasonably suspects has been the victim of child abuse or neglect…” (P.C. 11166(a)). “Reasonable suspicion” occurs when “it is objectively reasonable for a
person to entertain such a suspicion, based upon facts that could cause a reasonable person in a like position,
drawing when appropriate on his or her training and experience, to suspect child abuse.” (P.C. 11166(a)(1)). Although wordy, the
intent of this definition is clear: if you suspect, report.