Information About Laws Impacting Adolescent Health Care Access in California


“Mandated reporters” are required by law to report suspected child abuse or neglect. Who is a mandated reporter? What is “reportable” abuse? The tools on this page help explain the legal responsibility of health care providers to report abuse under California law.


When Sexual Intercourse is Deemed Child Abuse in California: In California, health care practitioners are mandated to report any reasonable suspicion of child abuse. This comprehensive chart explains when sexual intercourse with a minor is reportable as child abuse. (Current. Updated 2017)


California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA) – Reporting Rules for Mandated Reporters: This document summarizes key parts of the reporting requirements so that mandated reporters can understand their obligations. (Last updated 2020)

California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA) – Tele-Services and Reporting: This document addresses mandated reporting rules when providing telemedicine, teletherapy or tele-education. (Last updated 2020)

Reporting Teen Dating Violence in California – A Guide to Confidentiality and Reporting Laws in California: This document provides an overview of the pertinent federal and state confidentiality and reporting laws that apply when adolescents disclose dating  violence in a medical setting. (Last updated 2010) 




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