Permissive Reporters

Persons who report abuse voluntarily may do so orally, usually by telephone, by calling ChildLine or their county agency.

ChildLine is available at all times and can be reached toll free at 1-800-932-0313. The local agency's number can be found in the telephone book by the name of the county in which the abuse occurred, for example, Dauphin County Children and Youth Services. The number is also listed in the blue pages of the telephone book under the category of abuse.

If the report is first received by ChildLine staff, they will call the county agency where the suspected abuse occurred for action. If the county agency staff receives the report first, they will see to the immediate safety of the child and other children in the home, then notify ChildLine of the report.

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