UCLA Policy 136 : Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect
This Policy implements the University’s Policy on Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect (RCAN), effective July 1, 2013, by establishing internal reporting requirements for UCLA Mandated Reporters and the process for identifying UCLA Mandated Reporters in order to comply with the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (“CANRA”), California Penal Code §11164-11174.3.
This Policy applies to the following:
- All UCLA Employees or Officials who are UCLA Mandated Reporters under this Policy or under CANRA; and all members of the University community who, although not UCLA Mandated Reporters, may observe, have knowledge of, or reasonably suspect that Child Abuse or Neglect has occurred;
- Supervisors of UCLA Mandated Reporters; and
- Department heads and Senior Administrators, as defined herein.
For the purposes of this Policy:
Child is any person under the age of 18 years.
Child Abuse or Neglect refers to any of the following:
- Physical injury of a Child inflicted by other than accidental means, but does not include “mutual affray” (e.g., fist fights) between minors;
- Sexual abuse, meaning sexual assault or sexual exploitation of a Child;
- Neglect, meaning negligent treatment, unjustified lack of treatment, or maltreatment of a Child by a person responsible for the Child’s welfare under circumstances indicating harm or threatened harm to the Child’s health or welfare;
- Willful harm, injury, or endangerment of a Child, meaning a situation in which any person inflicts, or willfully causes or permits a Child to suffer, unjustifiable physical pain or mental suffering, or causes or permits a Child to be placed in a situation in which the Child or Child’s health is endangered; or
- Unlawful corporal punishment or injury willfully inflicted on a Child resulting in a traumatic condition.
For detailed definitions of what conduct might meet the definition of abuse or neglect under CANRA, see California Penal Code §11165.1-11165.6 (https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/codes_displayText.xhtml?lawCode=PEN&division=&title=1.&part=4.&chapter=2.&article=2.5#:~:text=11165.1.,as%20defined%20by%20the%20following%3A&text=(2)%20Sexual%20contact%20between%20the,or%20tongue%20of%20another%20person.)).
Employee is any individual who receives compensation through the University’s payroll system or holds a UCLA academic appointment.
Official (referred to as an “administrator” in CANRA) is any individual other than an Employee (e.g., an independent contractor or a volunteer) who supervises University activities, functions, or programs.
Senior Administrator is any Employee holding the title of Director or above, including but not limited to the following: Chancellor, Vice Chancellors, Provosts, Vice Provosts, Deans, Associate or Assistant Vice Chancellors, Associate Deans, Assistant Deans, Department Chairs, Division Chiefs, Chief Executive Officers, Chief Administrative Officers, Executive Directors, and Directors.
Student is any individual who is enrolled in or registered with any UCLA academic degree program, or otherwise registered in any course.
UCLA Health is the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA, Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center & Orthopaedic Hospital, UCLA’s Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital, and the Licensed Clinics, David Geffen School of Medicine, and UCLA Faculty Practice Group.
III. POLICY STATEMENT
In coordination with the departmental human resources office, department heads will identify in writing UCLA Mandated Reporters within their area of responsibility and notify UCLA Mandated Reporters of their responsibilities. UCLA Mandated Reporters, whether or not formally designated, are responsible for complying with CANRA and this Policy.
A UCLA Employee, Official, or other position at UCLA who, by virtue of their licensure or profession has a duty to report under CANRA, or who, within the scope of their employment or other position at UCLA, has duties that bring them into direct and regular contact with a Child, will be considered a “UCLA Mandated Reporter” for the purposes of this Policy. Any UCLA Mandated Reporter who observes, has actual knowledge of, or reasonably suspects Child Abuse or Neglect has occurred, will report the matter externally as required by CANRA and report internally as required by this Policy.
All other members of the UCLA community who observe, have actual knowledge of, or reasonably suspect Child Abuse or Neglect on University premises, at an activity of or program conducted by the University, or perpetrated by University personnel, are strongly encouraged to report the matter promptly, as set out in this Policy.
A. Identification of UCLA Mandated Reporters
Each department head or designee will identify job classifications and individual Employees and Officials who are UCLA Mandated Reporters within their area of responsibility. Each department head or designee will complete the “UCLA Mandated Reporter Identification Form” (Attachment A) for each individual Employee and Official that is a UCLA Mandated Reporter. Campus Human Resources and the Academic Personnel Office, in consultation with the UCLA Office of Legal Affairs, will assist department heads with this task. Department heads at UCLA Health are exempt from completing Attachment A and are subject to local procedures applicable to their areas of responsibility.
Department heads will require UCLA Mandated Reporters to complete the “UCLA Mandated Reporter Acknowledgement Statement” (Attachment B) prior to and as a condition of employment, whether at time of initial hire or transfer to a new position. An existing UCLA Mandated Reporter who has not previously signed the Acknowledgement Statement must do so within thirty (30) days of identification.
All Employees and Officials of UCLA Health are Mandated Reporters and will complete the Mandated Reporter Acknowledgment Statement provided to them by the UCLA Health Human Resources Office.
Department heads will ensure that each Mandated Reporter within their area of responsibility has a completed Identification Form and Acknowledgement Statement in the Employee’s personnel file.
B. UCLA Mandated Reporter Categories
UCLA Mandated Reporters include the following:
- Employees, Officials, and other positions at UCLA who by virtue of their licensure or profession have a duty to report under CANRA;
- Individuals who, within the scope of their employment or other postion at UCLA, have duties that bring them into regular and direct contact with a Child (this does not include faculty or instructors whose only contact with a Child is teaching a class);
- Researchers whose projects include a Child in activities that are on University premises, or at an activity or program conducted by the University;
- Law enforcement and public safety professionals, including University police officers, police department Employees, EMTs, and fire marshals;
- Licensed healthcare professionals and residents/trainees/interns who are in training to become licensed healthcare professionals;
- Employees and Officials of UCLA Health
- Teachers, aides, counselors, and administrators at K-12 schools, including the UCLA Lab School and Geffen Academy;
- Licensees, contractors, caretakers and administrators at preschools, community care, and child day care centers, including but not limited to, the Krieger Center, Fernald Center, University Village Center, Infant Development Program, UCLA Westwood Child Care Center, and University Parents Nursery School;
- Administrators and counselors at day camps, summer camps, etc. where children attend, reside, or otherwise participate, including the Lake Arrowhead Conference Center & Bruin Woods Family Resort;
- Coaches, trainers, managerial and professional staff, and assistants in University-sponsored athletic or recreational activities in which a Child participates, including the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and UCLA Recreation & Campus Life;
- Employees or Officials engaged in theater and film production in which a Child participates;
- Direct supervisors of UCLA Mandated Reporters;
- Employees or Officials who accompany Students under 18 for educational or travel programs, including study abroad;
- Employees who accept complaints of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, etc. based on categories protected under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). This also includes Employees whose duties require direct contact with, or supervision of, a Child in the workplace of an office subject to FEHA.
For a summary of Mandated Reporter categories, see Attachment C.
C. Child Abuse or Neglect Reporting Requirements
Any UCLA Mandated Reporter who observes, has actual knowledge of, or reasonably suspects that Child Abuse or Neglect has occurred, will report the matter externally as required by CANRA and report internally as required by this Policy.
When two or more UCLA Mandated Reporters jointly have a duty to report a matter, the Reporters may agree among themselves whereby one of them is selected to make the telephone report and a single written external report and (if required) internal report. The selected UCLA Mandated Reporter will provide copies of the reports to the other UCLA Mandated Reporters.
1. External Report
A UCLA Mandated Reporter will report Child Abuse or Neglect to designated agencies immediately via telephone and then file a written report with the same agency as soon as possible but within 36 hours, as provided in the following table.
Failure to make the required external report may subject the UCLA Mandated Reporter to criminal penalties under CANRA.
Designated Reporting Agencies
Agencies designated under CANRA to receive such reports include local police (including the UCLA Police Department) and sheriff’s departments, county welfare departments, and Child Protective Services agencies (see https://www.cdss.ca.gov/reporting/report-abuse/child-protective-services/report-child-abuse for a current list of Child Protective Services hotlines across California).
For Los Angeles County, you may contact the Child Protection Hotline 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Reporting to UCLA Police Department
For Child Abuse or Neglect incidents that occurred on campus or University-owned property, the UCLA Police Department is a designated reporting agency and can be reached at (310) 825-1491.
Note: A telephone report and follow-up written report to the UCLA Police Department will satisfy this external reporting requirement.
UCLA Health Employees & Officials
The external reporting procedures for all Employees and Officials of UCLA Health are governed by the external reporting procedures of Hospital System Policy 1303.
Within 36 hours after the initial telephone report, a written report will be submitted to the same agency.
The report may be completed on the designated California Attorney General Form 8572, which can be downloaded at:
The written report will include:
An external report must be made even if some of the above information is unknown or uncertain at the time of report.
2. University Internal Report
In addition to an external report, a UCLA Mandated Reporter will make an internal report to the University, subject to the exceptions in the table below. Failure to make the required internal report may result in disciplinary action under University policies or, as applicable, collective bargaining agreements.
Designated Reporting Method
The internal report will be made promptly to one of the following:
Note: An external report to the UCLA Police Department does not satisfy this internal report requirement.
Information to be Reported
The internal report should include:
Internal reports to the University Compliance Hotline may be made anonymously, although they may include the name, business address and telephone number of the UCLA Mandated Reporter and capacity that makes the person a UCLA Mandated Reporter.
Mandated Reporters can satisfy their internal reporting duty by submitting a copy of their external report to their supervisor, Senior Administrator, or the University Compliance Hotline at 800-403-4744.
Exceptions to the University Internal Report
This internal reporting duty does not apply to UCLA Mandated Reporters in the following healthcare-related circumstances:
3. Other State Reporting Requirements
The California Penal Code requires that any individual who has witnessed the murder of, rape of, or lewd or lascivious act upon a Child under 14 years must notify local law enforcement. Failure to so notify may result in criminal penalties.
4. Recommended Reporting By Non-Mandated Reporters
All other members of the UCLA community who observe, have actual knowledge of, or reasonably suspect Child Abuse or Neglect on University premises, at an activity of or program conducted by the University, or perpetrated by University personnel are strongly encouraged to promptly report the matter as set out in this Policy.
IV. ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES
A. Campus Human Resources/UCLA Health Human Resources and the Academic Personnel Office
Campus Human Resources and the Academic Personnel Office, in consultation with the Office of Legal Affairs, will advise department heads on identifying UCLA Mandated Reporters.
UCLA Health Human Resources identifies all UCLA Health Employees and Officials as UCLA Mandated Reporters and will obtain the UCLA Health Mandated Reporter Acknowledgement Statement from their Employees and Officials.
Both the completed Identification Form and Acknowledgement Statement will be maintained by the department in the Employee’s personnel file.
B. Insurance and Risk Management (IRM)
In coordination with Campus Human Resources, UCLA Health Human Resources, and the Academic Personnel Office, IRM will communicate the availability of training obligations for UCLA Mandated Reporters and other members of the University community.
C. Department Heads
In consultation with Campus Human Resources or the Academic Personnel Office, department heads are responsible for:
- Identifying Employees and Officials who are UCLA Mandated Reporters associated with the department, and completing the UCLA Mandated Reporter Identification Form;
- Obtaining the UCLA Mandated Reporter Acknowledgement Statement from Employees who are UCLA Mandated Reporters associated with the department;
- Providing UCLA Employees and Officials who are UCLA Mandated Reporters with a hard copy or web link to UCLA Policy 136 and CANRA sections 11165.7, 11166, and 11167; and
- Ensuring that UCLA Mandated Reporter training is made available to the department’s UCLA Mandated Reporters.
D. Administrative Policies and Compliance Office
The Administrative Policies and Compliance Office will be responsible for forwarding in writing and within twenty-four (24) hours University Compliance Hotline reports on Child Abuse and Neglect to the following:
- UCLA Police Department Investigations Lieutenant and/or any external law enforcement authority, who will determine the appropriate action for further investigation and handling; and
- UCLA Office of Legal Affairs or UCLA Health Office of Legal Affairs.
V. PROTECTIONS FOR REPORTERS
The University will defend and indemnify University Employees in any civil action arising from their good faith report of Child Abuse or Neglect required or encouraged under this Policy. CANRA provides immunity from liability and other protections to all UCLA Mandated Reporters of Child Abuse or Neglect. For other reporters, CANRA provides immunity unless it is determined that a false report was made and the individual knew the report was false or made with reckless disregard of the truth.
No one may impede or inhibit a UCLA Mandated Reporter’s compliance with this Policy, or impose any sanction on any person for making a good-faith report under CANRA or this Policy. The University’s Whistleblower Protection Policy, including provisions regarding retaliation, applies in this context.
- Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act, California Penal Code “CANRA” §11164-11174.3
- UC Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect Policy
- UC Implementation Guidance for CANRA
- UC Whistleblower Policy
- UC Whistleblower Protection Policy
- UC Compliance Hotline: 800-403-4744 or www.universityofcalifornia.edu/hotline
- UCLA Hospital System Policy HS1303, Child Abuse – Management and Reporting of Suspected Cases
/s/ Beck, Michael
Administrative Vice Chancellor