What is ChildLine?


What is ChildLine?

ChildLine is a division of the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) responsible for accepting reports of suspected child abuse 24 hours per day, 7 days a week. Childline can receive reports from mandated reporters by phone at 1-800-932-0313 or online at www.compass.state.pa.us/cwis.

Additionally, any person in Pennsylvania can report suspected child abuse by calling ChildLine at 1-800-932-0313.

Specially trained ChildLine workers determine, based on Pennsylvania law, if the report will be referred to a county children and youth agency for an investigation or so the agency can assess the child/family for General Protective Services (GPS). ChildLine is also responsible for immediately notifying law enforcement when a report involves a possible crime against a child.

When a person makes a report to ChildLine through the 1-800 number, the person is required to file a CY 47 reporting form, within 48 hours. The detailed information on the CY 47 will aid a county children and youth agency when they respond to the report. Mandated reporters filing a report online (www.compass.state.pa.us/cwis) will not need to complete the CY 47.

To learn more about how Childline protects PA children CLICK HERE

You can retrieve the CY 47 HERE.

To report suspected child abuse, contact CHILDLINE at