Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA)

What is CANRA?

The Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA) is a California law requiring certain people to report known or suspected child abuse or neglect.  The complete statute can be found online at:  PENAL CODE SECTION 11164-11174.3 - Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act

Who is affected?

California law requires employers, including the University, to identify Mandatory Reporters (individuals required to report observed or suspected child abuse or neglect to designated law enforcement or social services agencies) and secure, as a condition of employment, acknowledgement of their status and reporting obligations.

UC Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect policy went into effect July 1, 2013.  The complete policy and FAQs can be found online at: University of California - Policy CANRA

A list of Mandatory Reporter categories is available in Appendix A of the UC policy.

Who determines Mandatory Reporter status?

The Compensation Unit within Staff Human Resources determines mandatory reporter status for staff and student positions based upon duties described in the job description.  Decisions are rendered during the classification review for an existing employee or during the recruitment request process. 

A decision tree can be found online at:  UC Santa Cruz CANRA Decision Tree A list of UCSC payroll titles and groups predefined as a Mandatory Reporter can be found online at: Predefined Mandatory Reporters.

Who is responsible for securing the required acknowledgement form?

The Mandatory Reporter Acknowledgement form is collected by Staff Human Resources during the employee on-boarding process or upon completion of a classification review.  Signed forms are retained in the employee personnel file.   The employee receives the CANRA Packet [] which includes:

  • CANRA Acknowledgement Form
  • List of mandatory reporter categories
  • CANRA California Penal Code provisions
  • UCSC reporting contact numbers

Does UC offer training for Mandatory Reporters? 

CANRA requires that employers of Mandatory Reporters (as defined in the Act) promote identification and reporting of child abuse or neglect.  It is the policy of the University to comply with its obligations under the Act.

How is training provided?

Online CANRA training as well as supplemental child abuse prevention training (beyond CANRA) are available. Employees should consult with their supervisor and/or manager to determine which training is appropriate for your area. Supervisors and managers can specify the required training for their units and individual employees can always choose to take the online training. 
  • 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 our Learning Management System.

Once in the Learning Center Portal, search on "CANRA" via the magnifying icon in the upper-right hand corner or with the orange "Find A Course" button. You can also use the Library and navigate to the "UC Policies & Operations" or to the "UC Essentials" category.

  • Supplemental Training

View supplemental training offerings at -

I'm not a Mandated Reporter under CANRA, but I saw an adult who seemed to be touching a child inappropriately. What should I do?

Separate from CANRA, the California Penal Code requires any person who reasonably believes he or she has observed murder, rape, or certain lewd or lascivious acts where the victim is a child under the age of 14 years to notify a peace officer (such as a campus or community police officer or a county sheriff) of the potential crime. This reporting mandate applies whether or not the witness is a mandated reporter and regardless of his or her affiliation with the University.

Does CANRA apply to academic and student employees?

Yes. Use the links below to access relevant information.

Academic Personnel Office

Student Career Center

Does CANRA Apply to Volunteers?

Yes, CANRA applies to volunteers who work with minors. Volunteers who work with minors should fill out the Volunteer Agreement Letter, the Volunteer Waiver and Election of Workers’ Compensation Coverage, and page 1 of UC Santa Cruz’s CANRA packet. The Volunteer Agreement Letter may be found here, and the letter includes live links to the other required documents.

Who Keeps CANRA Records?

Attestation Forms
The employee will receive a copy of their signed attestation form for their records. If the attestation was signed during onboarding or a reclassification process, Staff Human Resources or the employee’s supervisor, must retain the signed attestation form. For all academic appointees, the signed attestation form will be retained in the Divisional Academic Personnel Office. The employee and the employee’s supervisor will receive a copy of the signed attestation form. For all student employees, attestation forms will be retained in Staff Human Resources and should be sent directly to the Central Payroll Office in Financial Affairs.

CANRA Reports
If an employee submits a CANRA report it is important that a copy of the report be kept by the employee or their supervisor in order to document that they fulfilled their obligation under CANRA. CANRA reports should be stored in accordance with all university information security policies.