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| Volunteer Resources | Legal | Mandated Reporting As a private citizen, it is up to you to decide when, or if, you will report child abuse or neglect to the authorities.
However, when you are sworn in as a CASA volunteer, you become something more: you become a “mandated reporter” of child abuse.
As a mandated reporter, you must report child abuse or neglect that comes to your attention while you are acting within the scope of your duties as a CASA volunteer. When You Must Report California law states that a mandated reporter must make a report “whenever the mandated reporter, in his or her professional capacity or within the scope of his or her employment, has knowledge of or observes a child whom the mandated reporter knows or reasonably suspects has been the victim of child abuse or neglect.
In fact, it is illegal not to, and you can be charged with a crime if you fail to report. A reasonable suspicion “means that it is objectively reasonable for a person to entertain 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 or neglect.
So, while you must endeavor to avoid reports that make patently false accusations or recklessly disregard the truth, you should not worry about reporting abuse or neglect. You Can Be Held Liable for a Failure to Report As mentioned earlier, as a mandated reporter, you must report child abuse or neglect that comes to your attention while acting in your capacity of a CASA.