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CHILD ABUSE NEGLIGENT REPORTING ACT CLERGY ABUSE

CANRA stands for the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act, and can be found in sections 11164-11174.3 of the California Penal Code. CANRA is a set of laws that was passed in 1980 to provide definitions and procedures for mandated reporting of child abuse, including sexual abuse, to law enforcement authorities. California law lists dozens of different types of professionals who are considered mandatory reporters under Penal Code Section 11165.7, including, but not limited to the following:
• Educators – teachers, coaches, school and education administrators and other school employees;
• Medical professionals – doctors, dentists, psychiatrists, nurses and most healthcare workers;
• Psychologists;
• Clergy members – A clergy member is not required to report abuse or neglect if made known during a “penitential communication” (in other words, during confession);
• Social workers;
• Peace officers – police, probation and parole officers;
• Firefighters;
• Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT);
• Daycare facility employees;
• Marriage and family counselors;
• Child care workers, including foster parents;
• Film processors; and
• Computer technicians.
Failure to promptly report abuse may result in liability under what is called a negligenceper se claim.