Need-to-know information about child abuse; elder abuse and abuse of adults with disabilities

An article in today’s Allentown’s Morning Call, highlights the increased number of child abuse reports in the Lehigh / Northampton counties area.

“With new laws expanding the number of people who must report suspected abuse or neglect, and new provisions for jailing those who fail to forward a suspicion, the number of child abuse reports has increased more than 50 percent statewide in two years, according to the state Department of Human Services.”

“The Child Protective Services Law (CPSL) requires the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services to annually report to the governor and General Assembly on child abuse in the commonwealth. The report provides information on the efforts to protect and help children who were reported as victims of suspected abuse and neglect.”

child protective2016 Annual Child Protective Services Report

child protective 2A page from the report shows the substantiated child abuse reports by county across the commonwealth.

This 2016 Philly.com article – “Officials: Pa. elder abuse up; resources aren’t”“Officials: Pa. elder abuse up; resources aren’t” – notes, “County officials and advocates for the elderly nationwide argue that protective resources are wanting even though elder abuse is more common than child abuse.”

KNOW HOW TO REPORT

Child Abuse:

To report child abuse call 1-800-932-0313. Mandated reporters can report online.

Learn more about protecting Pennsylvania’s children from abuse and neglect.

ELDER ABUSE & Adults with Disabilities Abuse:

To report abuse of elderly individuals or adults with disabilities call the Protective Services Hotline: 1-800-490-8505.

Learn more about reporting elder abuse and abuse of adults with disabilities.

 

 

 

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