Child Protective Services Law

On December 31, 2014, numerous amendments to the Child Protective Services Law (CPSL) became effective. The amendments:

  • Eliminate the separate student abuse standard
  • Add several new terms and definitions
  • Expand the definition of child abuse
  • Expand the list of enumerated mandated reporters
  • Broaden the basis to report suspected child abuse
  • Change the procedures for reporting suspected abuse
  • Enhance background check requirements

On Wednesday, July 1, 2015, Governor Wolf signed House Bill 1276, now Act 15 of 2015. The Act makes changes to the CPSL, as amended last year. Many of the changes are applicable to volunteers; however, there are a few changes applicable to employees. A document containing a summary of the changes is available below.

Several Fact Sheets issued by the Department of Human Services related to state and federal criminal history reports and the child abuse history certification are also available below.

For additional general information, the website,, is designed to serve as the hub for information related to critical components impacting child protection including a link for mandated reporters to make reports of suspected child abuse electronically, training on child abuse recognition and reporting, information related to clearances and general information related to child protection.