If you suspect child abuse, please contact your local police immediately. Mandatory reporters are required to report suspected abuse. Suspected abuse is not required to be proven.
For additional information on who is considered a mandatory reporter, click HERE.
How can I report suspected child abuse?
If you live in Montgomery County and suspect that a child is being abused or has been victimized:
- Call your local police department
- Call Pennsylvania’s Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-932-0313 (can be done anonymously)
- Call Montgomery County Office of Children and Youth: 610-278-5800
- Call Montgomery County Detectives Bureau: 610-278-3368
- Call 911 if you suspect a child is in immediate danger
Please, report your suspicions to the proper authorities. Do not attempt to conduct your own investigation. It’s the role of the Office of Children and Youth as well as local law enforcement officials to investigate any suspicions of abuse.
What are my requirements as a mandated reporter?
- In Pennsylvania, if you are a mandated reporter and have “reasonable cause to suspect” a child is being abused or neglected, you must report that suspicion to law enforcement or child welfare professionals—and you are required by law to do it immediately.
- Pennsylvania Code for Mandated Reporters
- Prevent Child Abuse PA: For Mandated Reporters
- Do not attempt to conduct your own investigation. Report your suspicions to the proper authorities. It is the role of the Office of Children and Youth and local law enforcement officials to investigate the report.