Mandated reporters are held to a higher standard of responsibility and may receive serious consequences for not reporting suspected abuse.Pennsylvania’s Child Protective Services Law (CPSL) was amended in 2014, including substantial changes to the list of people who are mandated reporters.
Penalties increase if willful failure to report continues.
No, changes to CPSL now require that a mandated reporter must personally make the report.
Your supervisor may assist you in making the report (for example, sit with you for support if you are uncomfortable in the process) as long as they do not interfere in any way with the making of the report.
Mandated reporters are protected from liability for reporting, cooperating with investigations, and testifying in court as a result of the report, among other things.
As long as you make the report without malice (with good intentions based on your suspicions), you cannot be sued or receive any adverse action from your employer. Willful failure to report suspected abuse is a serious crime.If Child Line categories the report as a CPS (suspected child abuse) and you made the report as a mandated reporter, you will automatically receive a letter notifying you of the result of the investigation, to include the final status and any services planned/provided to the child/family.