What is Child Abuse in PA? Harmful exaggeration or misrepresentation of a child’s medical condition

What is Child Abuse in PA

What is Child Abuse in PA?
Harmful misrepresentation
of a child’s medical condition

Fabricating, feigning, or intentionally exaggerating or inducing a medical symptom or disease, resulting in (otherwise unnecessary) medical evaluations or treatment that are potentially harmful to the child — including frequent absence from school.

Other types of abuse…

  1. Bodily injury
  2. Sexual Abuse or Exploitation
  3. Serious Mental Injury
  4. Neglect
  5. Per Se (e.g., actions that endanger a child but might not lead to a physical injury)
  6. Causing the death of the child
To report suspected child abuse, contact CHILDLINE at