As we recognize National Child Abuse Prevention Month, it’s important that you know what to do if you suspect child abuse.
Suspect abuse? Report it!
Call ChildLine at 1-800-932-0313.
PA Childline is staffed by trained specialists who are available 24/7 to receive referrals of suspected child abuse and general child well-being concerns.
Who is required to report suspected child abuse?
Mandated Reporters are certain adults, who are legally required to report suspected child abuse if they have reasonable cause to suspect that a child is a victim of child abuse. The law requires that the mandated reporters identify themselves and where they can be reached. In addition to having documentation that the report was made, this information is also helpful so that if clarification on the situation or additional information is needed, the children and youth caseworker can contact the mandated reporter.
Click here for more information about Mandated Reporting.
Can anyone else make a report?
Yes, anyone who suspects child abuse or has general child well-being concerns can make a report to PA ChildLine.
Permissive reporters are individuals who are encouraged to report suspected child abuse, although not required by law. Permissive reporters can make a report at any time they suspect a child is the victim of child abuse. Permissive reporters may report anonymously.
Permissive reporters can report by telephone by calling 1-800-932-0313.
What information should I report?
What happens after I make a report?
For more information, please visit: www.keepkidssafe.pa.gov