For Volunteers (Ethical Reporters)

Mandated & Ethical Reporters: Reporting Abuse

Diocese of San Jose (DSJ) volunteers are considered “ethical reporters,” as opposed to employees who are “mandated reporters,” and it is the responsibility of such ethical reporters to comply with the expectation of the DSJ which requires all volunteers to report any and all suspicions and/or awareness of abuse to the appropriate authorities¬† immediately (or as soon as practically possible within 24 hours): Child Protective Services (CPS), Adult Protective Services (APS), the local Police Department via 3-1-1 (non-emergency) or 9-1-1 (emergency), or the San Jose Police Department’s Sexual Assault Unit at 408-277-4102.

Additionally, ethical reporters are required to report such suspicion or awareness to a DSJ mandated reporter or the Office for the Protection of Children & Vulnerable Adults (OPCVA) after reporting to the authorities, or if reporting assistance is needed. OPCVA Hotline 1-408-983-0141

To Report Abuse: You will need to provide the following information to authorities as available: victim name, age and contact information; alleged offender name and contact information; location(s) and date(s) of the alleged incident(s); and an incident statement. If this is a life-threatening emergency, CALL 9-1-1.

  1. Within 24 hours – Make a formal report to authorities via telephone:
    • + CPS (Child Abuse/Neglect): 408-299-2071
    • + APS (Elderly Abuse): 408-975-4900
    • + Local Police Department’s Non-Emergency Line: 3-1-1
  2. Within 36 hours – Submit a written report to agencies via fax or mail:
    • + CPS Fax (Child Abuse/Neglect): 408-975-5851
    • + APS Fax (Elderly Abuse): 408-975-4910

Written Report – Reporting Forms:
California Child Abuse Reporting Form SS8572
California Elderly Abuse Reporting Form SOC341
California Elderly Financial Abuse Reporting Form SOC342