All Belmont Charter Network and Community Education Alliance Staff are required to report to ChildLine when they have reasonable cause to suspect that a student is being abused. You do not need to have proof of abuse to make a good faith report. The law only requires a reasonable suspicion that abuse is occurring. (Authority: Title 23 Pa. C.S.A. Chapter 63)
What is Childline?
ChildLine provides information, counseling, and referral services for families and children to ensure the safety and well-being of the children of Pennsylvania. This service is available 24 hours/7 days a week to receive reports of suspected child abuse.
To report suspected child abuse call 1-800-923-0313 or click here
What is child abuse?
Child abuse is defined as any recent act or failure to act by a perpetrator which causes non-accidental serious physical injury to a child less than 18 years of age; any act or failure to act by a perpetrator which causes non-accidental serious mental injury, sexual abuse, or sexual exploitation of a child under 18 years of age; any recent act, failure to act, or series of such acts or failures to act by a perpetrator which creates an imminent risk of serious physical injury, sexual abuse, or sexual exploitation of a child under 18 years of age. Serious physical neglect by a perpetrator consists of prolonged or repeated lack of supervision or the failure to provide the essentials of life, including adequate medical care, which endangers a child’s life or development or impairs the child’s functioning.
- Kicking, biting, throwing, burning, stabbing, cutting a child in a manner that endangers the child;
- Unreasonably restraining or confining a child;
- Interfering with the breathing of a child;
- Knowingly leaving a child unsupervised with an individual, other than the child’s parent, who is required to register as a sexual offender, sexually violent predator or sexually violent delinquent.