If you are a Santa Barbara County mandated reporter and you suspect child abuse or
neglect, YOU MUST ADHERE TO THE FOLLOWING PROCEDURES:
Immediately call the Santa Barbara County Hotline at (800)367.0166. In the case of
an emergency, please call 911.
Complete and file a Suspected Child Abuse Report, Form #SS8572. The SCAR form and
instructions are available here.
Retain a legible copy of the SCAR Report.
YOU are responsible for making this report. DO NOT ALLOW your supervisor/principal
to make the report for you or assume because another co-worker has some of the same
information that they will make the report.
Do not attempt to investigate, conduct interviews or interfere with the information
Remember that you are to report SUSPECTED abuse—you are not required to have witnessed
or have complete proof of the incident. You are obligated by law to report what you
observe or what you are told that caused suspicion the child is being physically,
sexually or emotionally abused or neglected. When in doubt, call CWS or law enforcement
and get their input about the scope of your report.
Mandated Reporting Procedures for California Law Required Reporters