Care of Minors
Departments that sponsor activities involving minors should be aware of the risks these activities create for both the children and the University and implement best practices and risk management measures that reduce the exposures. In addition, departments must be aware of and comply with California’s Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA).
It is the responsibility of departments to address the risks inherent in activities involving minors by application of best practices. Best practices are guidelines and rules of behavior that will reduce and/or eliminate risk exposures. When departments are aware of and employ best practices they will be better able to protect the children in their care and more effectively mitigate the exposures created by their youth programs. For more information, go to Minors-Best Practices.
There are a variety of administrative and management protocols that departments can employ to improve the management and operation of youth activities. Departments can increase the safety of minors and reduce the risks that youth activities create for the University by being familiar with and employing these basic risk management practices. For more information, go to Minors-Risk Management.
CANRA, California’s Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act, requires employers to identify “Mandated Reporters”. Mandated reporters are individuals who are required to report to law enforcement or social service agencies child abuse or neglect that they observe or suspect. The Act requires employers to obtain from such employees, as a condition of their employment, a signed statement acknowledging they understand their status as mandated reporters and their reporting obligations. Departments that sponsor activities involving minors must comply with their responsibilities under CANRA. For more information, go to Minors-CANRA.