The maltreatment of children and dependent adults with physical, mental or developmental disabilities is a serious concern. All persons have the right to live and learn in a safe environment, and as such, the Santa Clara County Office of Education is committed to providing a safe, caring and nurturing environment for all its students.
Children have very few resources for changing the circumstances of their lives. Since children cannot protect themselves, it’s important for others to intervene when they suspect abuse or neglect by a parent, guardian or other individual.
Child or dependent adult abuse or neglect can occur in any situation or family, regardless of socio-economic status, sexual orientation, religion, ethnic background or level of education of the parties involved. Community members and mandated reporters play a critical role in identifying and reporting concerns of abuse or neglect that may otherwise go unreported. The responsibility to report suspected abuse or neglect:
REPORTING SUSPECTED ABUSE OR NEGLECT
Anyone can report abuse or neglect and can file a complaint when they suspect someone has engaged in abuse or neglect of a child or dependent adult. Community members do not need to provide their name when making a report of child abuse or neglect. Telephone numbers for each county's emergency response for child abuse reporting are located at the
California County Emergency Response Child Abuse Reporting Telephone Numbers.
In Santa Clara County, reports of suspected abuse or neglect can be made by anyone to the
Santa Clara County Department of Family and Children’s Services (DFCS) or for dependent abuse, to the
Adult Protective Services (APS) hotlines. These hotlines operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
A mandated reporter is an individual required by law (Penal Code Section 11165.7 and
Welfare and Institutions Code 15630) to report reasonable suspicion of
child abuse or neglect or
dependent adult abuse or neglect. Specific professionals are identified by the State of California as mandated reporters, including, but not limited to, teachers, child care providers, classified employees of a public school, medical and mental health professionals and an employee of a county office of education whose duties bring the employee into contact with children on a regular basis.
Anisha Munshi, Ed.D.
Director, Human Resources(408) 453-6841