Abuse Harassment Policy
Under Pennsylvania law, any person, paid or unpaid, who works, volunteers and/or comes into direct contact with children in a program, activity or service is a mandated reporter and must immediately report suspicions of child abuse or neglect. Within the Archdiocese, this includes all members of clergy, parish and school staff, and volunteers who are likely to come into direct contact with children.
The standard for reporting suspected abuse/neglect in Pennsylvania is a “reasonable cause to believe” that a child is the victim of abuse/neglect. First hand observation of abuse is not required.
If you suspect a child is being abused or neglected, the following three steps must be followed:
In all cases the staff member/volunteer must immediately report their suspicion to Child Line, This can be done by phone to Pennsylvania’s 24-hour hotline at 800.932.0313 or electronically in cases where the child does not appear to be in immediate danger of abuse or harm.
If you reported the abuse to Child Line by phone, a CY-47 written report must be submitted within 48-hours to the Children and Youth services in the county where the alleged abuse occurred. The CY-47 does not need to be completed if you reported electronically.
The CY-47 can be downloaded at:
completed electronically at:
Immediately notify the person in charge of the institution of your report (assuming he/she is not the suspected abuser). In cases where the suspected abuser is a member of the clergy or is a church official, staff person or volunteer, the person in charge of the institution must notify the Archdiocese’s Office of Investigations at 888.930.9010.