More than 44,000 children were abused or neglected in the state of Pennsylvania in 2016, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (PA-DHS). Seventy-nine of those children had a near-fatal experience, and 46 of them died.
What’s going on in Pennsylvania?
The safety and well-being of Pennsylvania’s children is a top priority. Twenty-three new laws and regulations brought about by the PA Task Force on Child Protection have focused on reporting child abuse, how it is reported, and the consequences of failure to report any suspected abuse. Mandated reporters list grew over the years increasing the number of people required by law to report suspicions of abuse and neglect.
Who is a mandated reporter?
However, whether required by law or not, PA DHS encourages anyone who has reasonable cause to suspect child abuse or neglect to make a report.
What counts as reasonable cause?
In physical abuse cases:
In neglect cases:
How do I file a report?
You can make a report any time you suspect a child is the victim of child abuse or neglect. Trained specialists are available 24/7 to receive referrals of alleged child abuse and general child well-being concerns. If you've suspected child abuse or neglect, make the call to ChildLine at 800-932-0313 or file a report online at keepkidssafe.pa.gov.
Mandated reporters in the state of Pennsylvania can also file a report online, at Pennsylvania's Child Welfare Portal. Visit keepkidssafe.pa.gov for additional information on keeping Pennsylvania's children safe.