Reporting Child Abuse
Professionals, who in the course of their work, come in contact with families and children (medical practitioners, non-medical practitioners, daycare providers, probation officers, social workers, etc.) MUST report to a "child protective agency" (Police, Sheriff, Probation, Child & Family Services). All other citizens MAY report. (Penal Code Section 111165):
- physical abuse
- sexual abuse
- severe or general neglect
- willful cruelty or unjustifiable punishment
- unjustifiable mental suffering
- any of the above in out-of-home care
A phone report must be made immediately upon suspicion or knowledge. A written report is required within 36 hours.
Reporting forms can be requested by calling the C.P.S. 24-hour phone line:
209-558-3665 or 1-800-558-3665
All CWS services to families depend on partnerships with community providers such as:
Sierra Vista Children's Center, Public Health, Catholic Charities, Mental Health, Juvenile and Adult Probation, Parole, Interfaith Ministries, Salvation Army, The Bridge, The Haven, Housing Authority, Children's Crises Center, Westside Community Alliance, California Children Services, Parent Resource Center, Friends Outside, King Kennedy Center, Center for Human Services, and Hutton House.