A mandated reporter must act when they have reasonable cause to suspect that a child is a victim of child abuse under ANY of these circumstances

Who
Must Act?
May Act?

A mandated reporter must make a report when they have reasonable cause to suspect that a child is a victim of child abuse under any of these circumstances:

  1. You have contact with the child where you work or as part of your professional career (even as an independent contractor), or as a volunteer in a regularly scheduled program, activity or service (e.g. Boy/Girl Scout Leader, youth sports coach, Sunday School teacher)
  2. You are directly responsible for the care, supervision, guidance or training of the child or you are affiliated with an organization or institution that is directly responsible for the care, supervision, guidance or training of a child. (For example, a supervisor may not be “directly” providing the care or supervision of children, but instead supervises employees or volunteers who are the people responsible for the direct care, etc.)
  3. Someone has specifically told you about an identifiable child who is suspected to be a victim of child abuse. You may learn this information outside your official employment or volunteer duties.
  4. An individual 14 years of age or older specifically told you that the individual has committed child abuse.

* See our Glossary and Acronyms for Look Out for Child Abuse

To report suspected child abuse, contact CHILDLINE at
1-800-932-0313
www.compass.state.pa.us/cwis