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Reporting Child Abuse - Pennsylvania


Under Pennsylvania law, certain professionals (including doctors and health care professionals, clergy, school employees and officials, social workers, child care providers, law enforcement officials, an attorney, emergency medical services provider certified by the Department of Health, an employee of a public library, an independent contractor, a foster parent and any such person who has direct or regular contact with a child through any program, activity or service sponsored by a school, for-profit organization or religious or other not-for-profit organization) who discover child abuse or suspect child abuse in the course of their professional responsibilities are required to report immediately such abuse by telephone to the Department of Public Welfare or to the county children and youth social service agency, and must be followed by a written report within forty-eight (48) hours. Any other person not specifically listed by statute may report known or suspected child abuse.

Abuse is defined to include physical, mental or sexual abuse.

To access the specific sections summarized above in the official Pennsylvania Code online, including any relevant definitions, follow:





For more information of reporting child abuse in Pennsylvania, follow:


Contact information for each local children and youth agency can be found at:


To report child abuse in Pennsylvania, call the Child Line Hotline at:

1-800-932-0313 TDD: 1-866-872-1677