PA Enacts significant Child Protection Reforms

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PA Enacts significant
Child Protection Reforms

Since December 2013, the Pennsylvania Senate and House of Representatives have passed 24 pieces of legislation signed into law by two different Pennsylvania Governors. Taken together these diverse pieces of legislation have significantly altered Pennsylvania’s Child Protective Services Law (CPSL), including in how child abuse and neglect is defined, reported, and investigated.

Two of the newly enacted laws (Act 153 of 2015 and Act 15 of 2015) establish comprehensive background check requirements impacting both paid employees in many settings, and unpaid volunteers “responsible for the welfare of a child or having direct volunteer contact with children.”

Another significant change clarifies who is a mandated reporter required by law to report suspected child abuse directly with ChildLIne by phone (1-800-932-0313) or online.

To learn more about the comprehensive child protection changes, follow this link to Pennsylvania’s Keep Kids Safe website –

To report suspected child abuse, contact CHILDLINE at