Reporting: How to Report

Steps to Take

  • Call the child welfare authorities or the police immediately, or as soon as practically possible.
  • Send a written follow-up report within 36 hours by mail, e-mail or fax.

NOTE: Mandated reporters are immune from criminal or civil liability for reports made in good faith.

Important Contact Details

In an emergency, call 911 (9-911 from campus).

Santa Clara County Child Abuse and Neglect Center at 650-493-1186.

Stanford University Department of Public Safety at 650-723-9633 during business hours or 650-329-2413 after hours.

If the child lives in California, you may alternately call the authorities serving the area where the child lives.

Stanford mandated reporters are encouraged, but not obligated, to inform their supervisor and Stanford’s Compliance Helpline at 650-721-2667 or online using the Helpline Request Form about any mandatory reports, after the mandated reporter calls the authorities.

Form to Use After Reporting

This is the required form for the written follow-up report:

  • SS 8572 (Suspected Child Abuse Report form)
  • Instructions (Instructions to complete the Suspected Child Abuse Reporting form)

Legal Penalty for NOT Reporting

Failure to report is a misdemeanor punishable by up to 6 months in jail and up to a $1,000 fine. If willful failure to report abuse or neglect results in death or great bodily injury, the penalty increases to up to one year in jail or up to $5,000. There may also be civil liability.