Child Protection Law Changes in PA

To all WYB Volunteers:

Recently, legislation has been enacted to improve how Pennsylvania responds to child abuse. Please read below to understand the impact these laws have on you and WYB.

The definition of who is now considered a MANDATORY REPORTER of suspected child abuse has been expanded to include paid and unpaid (i.e volunteers) who, on the basis of their role as an integral part of a regularly scheduled program, activity or service, accepts responsibility for a child or has direct contact with a child.

AM I A MANDATORY REPORTER?

All coaches, assistant coaches and trainers are now considered mandatory reporters effective January 1, 2015. If you do not perform one of these roles but meet the definition of a mandatory reporter (above) in your role within WYB than you are a mandatory reporter.

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WHAT IS CONSIDERED CHILD ABUSE?

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WHEN MUST A MANDATORY REPORTER MAKE A REPORT?

A mandated reporter must make a report of suspected child abuse if they have reasonable cause to suspect that a child is a victim of child abuse.  Note that your identity remains confidential and will not be disclosed to anyone. You are also immune from civil and criminal liability as long as the report was made in good faith.  Click here to see further information:  Frequently Asked Questions

HOW DO MANDATORY REPORTERS MAKE A REPORT OF SUSPECTED CHILD ABUSE?

Reporters must make an immediate and direct report of suspected child abuse to ChildLine either electronically at www.compass.state.pa.us/cwis or by calling 1-800- 932-0313.  Reporting up or within WYB is not an acceptable form of reporting.  AFTER you report the suspected abuse you are required to contact Scott Crayder, WYB Vice President at scrayder@gmail.com.

COMING SOON: BACKGROUND CHECKS

Effective July 1, 2015, all mandatory reporters within WYB must be identified and specific background checks will be required as mandated by these new laws.  More information will follow within the next several months to further explain and guide mandatory reporters through this process.