Pennsylvania Child Abuse Laws
|Code Section||23§6303, et seq.|
|What Constitutes Abuse||Act which causes nonaccidental serious physical injury, sexual abuse/exploitation, serious physical neglect constituting prolonged or repeated lack of supervision or failure to provide essentials of life|
|Mandatory Reporting Required By||Physician, coroner, dentist, chiropractor, hospital personnel, Christian Science practitioner, clergy, school teacher/nurse/administrator, social services worker, day care or child center worker, mental health professional, peace officer, law enforcement official, funeral director, foster care worker|
|Basis of Report of Abuse/neglect||Reasonable cause to suspect (within their respective training) that child is abused|
|To Whom Reported||Department of Public Welfare of the Commonwealth|
|Penalty for Failure to Report or False Reporting||Summary offense for 1st violation; misdemeanor in 3rd degree for 2nd and subsequent offenses|
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