Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA)

Mandated Reporters

The Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA) is a California law requiring employers, including the University, to identify Mandated Reporters and secure acknowledgement of their status and reporting obligation as a condition of employment.

A Mandated Reporter is defined as an individual required to report observed or suspected child abuse or neglect to designated law enforcement or social services agencies. (A child is defined as anyone under the age of 18 years.)

Employees (including faculty members and other academic employees) and administrators whose duties bring them into contact with children on a regular basis, or who supervise others with such duties, are Mandated Reporters. Although faculty members are not typically “teachers” under CANRA (even when students under the age of 18 enroll in their classes), some faculty may be Mandated Reporters under other provisions of CANRA. This includes:

  • Faculty members and other academic employees who have responsibility for instruction at the preschool, elementary, or high school level, for example those who teach high school seminars or who serve as mentors or supervisors in on-campus high school internship programs.
  • Individuals whose University duties require direct contact and supervision of children. This may include faculty members or other academic employees who hire children under age 18 to assist with scholarship, research, or other academic activities as volunteers or interns. 


Supervisors and managers (e.g., Department Chairs, PIs, Deans) of academic employees have the responsibility to notify their Divisional Academic Personnel Coordinator or the Academic Personnel Office should their employees take on job duties and responsibilities that place them in a Mandatory Reporter role.

In addition, a list of Mandatory Reporter categories is available in Appendix A of the University of California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA) Policy.

Once an academic employee is identified as a Mandatory Reporter they will receive the following information from their Academic Division:

  • CANRA Packet

    • CANRA Acknowledgement Form

    • List of mandated reporters

    • Selected CANRA provisions

    • UCSC Reporting contact numbers

    • UCOP FAQs


CANRA training for Mandated Reporters is available online. Supplemental child abuse prevention trainings (beyond CANRA) are also available. You do not need to be a Mandated Reporter to access these trainings.

  • Online CANRA Training

The CANRA e-course can be found by going to the UCSC Learning Center page at and following the instructions for logging in and using the campus Learning Management System.

Once in the Learning Center Portal, search on "CANRA" or use the Catalog and navigate to "UC Policies and Practices" under the "UC Essentials" category.

  • Supplemental Training

View supplemental training offerings at -

  • Questions

Questions may be directed to the Academic Personnel Office at or to Divisional Academic Personnel Coordinators.

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