Here Are The Mandatory Reporting Laws In Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania

(1) Does the state require everyone to report child abuse, including sex abuse?  Almost. The law requires any “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.”

(2) Does the law require coaches to report child abuse? Not explicitly, but coaches are surely included in the catch-all definition above.

(3) Does the law require college staff to report child abuse? Not explicitly, but college staff are surely included in the catch-all definition above.

(4) Does the law allow jail time for those who fail to properly report abuse? Yes.

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Aaron Keller is an attorney licensed in two states. He holds a juris doctor degree from the University of New Hampshire School of Law and a broadcast journalism degree from Syracuse University. During law school, he completed legal residencies in the Office of the New Hampshire Attorney General and in a local prosecutor’s office. He was employed as a summer associate in the New Hampshire Department of Safety, which manages the state police, and further served as a summer law clerk for a New York trial judge. Before law school, Keller worked for television stations in New York and in the Midwest, mostly as an evening news anchor and investigative reporter. His original reporting on the Wisconsin murder of Teresa Halbach was years later featured in the Netflix film "Making A Murderer."

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