Reporting Child Abuse

Any individual concerned for a child can and should report abuse or neglect!

If you suspect a child under the age of 18 is being abused or neglected, or is at risk for abuse or neglect, report it to your local county Children and Youth Services OR call ChildLine at 1-800-932-0313.

Learn more about ChildLine by visiting their website.

To find a phone number for your local County Department of Human Services, please contact us.

Are you a Mandated Reporter?

As of November 2013, 48 States, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands designate professions whose members are mandated by law to report child maltreatment.

Individuals designated as mandatory reporters typically have frequent contact with children, and in the state of Pennsylvania, these professions include:

Individuals who, in the practice of their employment, occupation or practice of a profession, come into contact with children and have reasonable cause to suspect that a child under the care, supervision, guidance, or training of that person or of an agency, institution, organization or other entity with which that person is affiliated is a victim of child abuse.

For more information about mandatory reporting, visit the program website.

Failure to Report

All mandatory reporters and officials are required by the Child Protective Services Law to report a case of suspected child abuse, or to refer the suspicion of abuse to the authorities. Any individual willfully failing to report or refer a suspected case of child abuse is subject to a charge of a misdemeanor of the third degree for the first violation, and a misdemeanor of the second degree for the second, or subsequent, violation.