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Mandated and Permissive Reporting of Suspected Child Abuse or Neglect in Pennsylvania

The laws governing Pennsylvania child welfare and protection are undergoing sweeping changes. Information about the changes to Pennsylvania’s child welfare laws, including those to mandated reporter requirements, can be found on the Pennsylvania Child Welfare Resource Center’s (CWRC) website

Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse: Mandated and Permissive Reporting in Pennsylvania  
This three-hour, online, mandated reporter training is approved and required by the Pa. Department of Human Services (DHS).

Child Welfare Information System (CWIS)
CWIS will allow mandated reporters to make digital reports of suspected child abuse and to obtain ChildLine clearances. This system goes live Dec. 31, 2014.  

Pa. Department of Human Services - Keep Kids Safe PA  
Child Protective Services Law resources

Additional resources

Allegheny County DHS held an education session to explain the changes to the Child Protective Services Law that are effective December 31, 2014. View a video of the 90-minute presentation. The accompanying CPSL PowerPoint presentation is also available.

Child Abuse and Perpetrator: What's New
This document includes the new definitions for “child abuse” and “perpetrator” that are effective beginning December 31, 2014. This is not an all-inclusive overview of all recent changes to the Child Protective Services Law (CPSL). Here is the CPSL in its entirety.

Reporting child abuse