Definition of mandating
Other persons who are not mandated to report may choose to file reports of suspected abuse.The standard for reporting suspected abuse and neglect is "reasonable cause to believe" which means that mandated reporters need only a " mere suspicion" that abuse or neglect was committed against a person with a disability.Pennsylvania’s definition of child abuse has changed as a result of recent amendments to our Child Protective Services Law (CPSL).Effective December 31, 2014, the expanded definition of child abuse lowers the standard of what will be considered child abuse under CPSL.The definition of child abuse has been amended to require that acts or failures to act be committed intentionally, knowingly or recklessly.
If a child discloses abuse, you should absolutely report it to the proper authorities, after assuring the child that you believe them and will take steps to help.
A mandated reporter is a person who, because of his or her profession, is legally required to report any suspicion of child abuse or neglect to the relevant authorities.
These laws are in place to prevent children from being abused and to end any possible abuse or neglect at the earliest possible stage.
The Child Protective Services Law (CPSL) was amended in 2013 and in 2014, including significant changes to the list of people who are mandated to report suspected child abuse.
Effective December 31, 2014, these people are considered mandated reporters under Pennsylvania Law: Anyone can and should report suspected child abuse; mandated reporters must report suspected abuse.