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Are You a Mandated Reporter?
You are mandated reporter if, in the course of your employment, occupation or profession you come into contact with children and have a reasonable cause to suspect that a child under the care, supervision, guidance or training of your agency, organization or entity is a victim of child abuse.
What should a mandated reporter do if they suspect child abuse?
The law says that mandated reporters must immediately make a report, or notify the person in charge. The person in charge or designee must make a report of suspected child abuse immediately to ChildLine at 1-800-932-03013
Must I report suspected abuse, if I learn of the abuse from someone other than the child who was allegedly abused?
Yes. The child you suspect of being abused need not come directly to you, but the child must be under the care, supervision, guidance or training of the organization you are affiliated with.
What if a mandated report fails to follow the law?
A mandated reporter could be charged with a misdemeanor of the third degree for willfully failing to report or refer suspected child abuse.
Can you report suspected abuse if you are not a mandated reporter?
Yes. ChildLine is a 24-hour toll free telephone reporting system operated by the Department of Public Welfare to receive reports of suspected child abuse, from mandated or non-mandated reporters.