New Abuse-Reporting Rules Now in Effect

Jerry Sandusky inspired new Pennsylvania laws to protect children.

2012 AP Photo

2012 AP Photo

New laws inspired by the Jerry Sandusky case went into effect with the new year, creating new mandates for the reporting of suspected child abuse.

NewsWorks gives an overview:

Teachers, doctors, nurses and even firefighters are among the professionals in Pennsylvania who are required to report suspected child abuse.

Pediatrician Benjamin Levi says it used to be enough for so-called “mandated reporters” to simply tell a supervisor about their concerns.

“It is now required by law that they report directly to the state to ChildLine with a phone call, or through an online reporting tool,” he said.

ChildLine can be reached at 800-932-0313.