Mandated Reporting of Child Abuse Training

Mandated Reporting of Child Abuse Training

Protecting children is the responsibility of all of us. Anyone who suspects that a child is being hurt has the right to report that suspicion. Certain adults, due to their contact or work with children, have particular legal reporting responsibilities. These people are referred to as mandated reporters and are required by law to report suspected child abuse. Mandated reporters are of critical importance in the child abuse prevention effort. They make more than 75% of the calls to ChildLine, the state’s 24-hour hotline to report child abuse. Mandated reporters are often the only link for a child to safety from abuse. It is vitally important that mandated reporters understand how to recognize child abuse and how to make reports that are timely and accurate.

Anyone can and should report suspected child abuse; mandated reporters must report suspected abuse.

Suspect Child Abuse?

ChildLine is available 24 hours/7 days a week. Call ChildLine at 1-800-932-0313 to report suspected child abuse or general child well-being concerns. Mandated Reporters can report electronically through the Child Welfare Portal.

Training Information

Protecting our children is EVERYONE’S responsibility

NOVA is a recognized leader in mandated reporter training. NOVA developed and offers evidence-based training that is used by victim service agencies across Pennsylvania to train thousands of mandated reporters every year.

State Approved Training

NOVA’s in-person training has been approved by the Department of Human Services in accordance with Act 31 of 2014, and approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education in accordance with Act 126 of the Pennsylvania Public School Code.

Expert Trainers

NOVA’s training is conducted by experts in the field of victim services. They all have extensive experience in responding to reports of child abuse using a trauma-informed approach. NOVA provides a continuum of services to families.


NOVA’s highly informative training combines decades of expertise working with victims of childhood abuse with the experience of criminal justice, medical and community partners. Each mandated reporter training session provides supporting information and strategies for preventing and addressing child abuse. The training is offered in either a 2-hour or 3-hour session to comply with state and licensing requirements.

Learn more about NOVA’s training opportunities.

For more information or to schedule a training, please contact NOVA at 215-343-6543.


Mandated Reporting of Suspected Child Abuse

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