Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse
As a mandadte reporter. all persons involved in Scouting shall report to local authorities any good faith suspicion or belief that any child is or has been physically or sexually abused, physically or emotionally neglected, exposed to any form of violence or threat, exposed to any form of sexual exploitation including the possession, manufacture, or distribution of child pornography, online solicitation, enticement, or showing of obscene material. No person may abrogate this reporting responsibility to any other person.
Notify your Scout Executive after this report, or of any violation of BSA’s Youth Protection policies, so that he or she may take appropriate action for the safety of our Scouts, make appropriate notifications, and follow-up with investigating agencies.
To report to the Scout Executive, please call (814) 688-8140. Line available 24 hours a day/7 days a week.
Immediate reports must also be made (per Pennsylvania law) to CHILDLINE at 1-800-932-0313 or online at www.compass.state.pa.us/cwis. Following your call to CHILDLINE, an additional notification to the local Children and Youth Department should be made. This second contact should be made to Forest Warren Human Services. Weekdays 8:30 AM-5PM at 814-726-2100 or 814-726-8413 or after 5:00 PM and on weekends the number to call is 814-726-1380 or 1-800-406-1255.
Any person, pursuant to the law, who reports abuse or neglect or testifies in a child abuse hearing resulting from such a report is immune from any criminal or civil liability as a result of such action.
Any person who knowingly fails to report suspected abuse or neglect pursuant to the law, or to comply with the provisions of the law, is subject to a fine of up to $1,000 or up to 6 months imprisonment or both.