Child Abuse Reporting Laws for Pennsylvania

State and Statute: Pennsylvania, Consol. Stats. title 23 §§ 6311 et seq.

What Is Reportable "Abuse": Physical, mental, or sexual abuse, sexual exploitation, or neglect. [6303(b.1)]

Mandatory Reporters: Includes any "clergyman, priest, rabbi, minister, Christian Science practitioner, religious healer or spiritual leader of any regularly established church or other religious organization," a school employee, a child-care service employee with direct contact with children, or "an individual paid or unpaid, who, on the basis of the individual's role as an integral part of a regularly scheduled program, activity or service, is a person responsible for the child's welfare or has direct contact with children."

Also includes individuals who have "direct contact with children in the course of employment and are "supervised or managed" by any "clergyman, priest, rabbi, minister, Christian Science practitioner, religious healer or spiritual leader of any regularly established church or other religious organization," a school employee, a child-care service employee with direct contact with children, or "an individual paid or unpaid, who, on the basis of the individual's role as an integral part of a regularly scheduled program, activity or service, is a person responsible for the child's welfare or has direct contact with children." [6311(a)]

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