Reporting of Child Abuse and The Child Protective Services Law of Pennsylvania
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- Memo Dated Oct. 6, 2015
- Mandated Reporter Training Policy
- Mandated Reporter FAQs
- Child Protective Services Law poster English
- Child Protective Service Law poster Spanish
All persons (including volunteers) who come into contact with children at any time in the course of their work are considered mandated reporters of child abuse and are required by State Law to report to law enforcement authorities all cases of suspected child abuse.
Any person who willfully fails to report child abuse commits a crime and is subject to prosecution.
Persons having reasonable cause to suspect that a child has been subjected to child abuse, or acts of child abuse, shall report immediately to the following:
If you suspect a child is in imminent danger from abuse, PLEASE CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY.
- Please call the Child Abuse Hotline (24-hour): 1-800-932-0313
- Please also complete the CY 47 form available from the County Children & Youth Services. It is to be filed within 48 hours of your call. The form is available for completion online at www.compass.state.pa.us/cwis or you may fax or mail the form to the appropriate Office of Children and Youth.
- Please call the Appropriate Office of Children and Youth Services:
Berks: 610-478-6700 Bucks: 215-348-6950
Carbon: 570-325-3644 Luzerne: 570-826-8710
Lehigh: 610-782-3064 Monroe: 570-420-3590
Northampton: 610-559-3290 New Jersey: 877-652-2873
- The Pastor (or Board of Pastors of the Regional School )
- The Principal of the school
- Attorney Joseph A. Zator at 610-432-1900; please forward a copy of the CY-47to Attorney Zator.
- If abuse occurs in a school setting, there may be additional reporting requirements. Please see your Principal. If the suspected perpetrator is the Principal, then see your Pastor, or the Superintendent of Education for the Diocese.
**Please document who you spoke to and when
Anyone making a report is immune from civil or criminal liability provided a report is made in good faith.
The Diocese of Allentown urges any questions about the interpretation of the law be resolved in favor of reporting.