Governor Signs Maloney Child Protection Bill into Law
HARRISBURG – Gov. Tom Corbett today signed into law House Bill 434, Rep. David Maloney’s (R-Berks) legislation mandating school employees to report suspected child abuse.

As a member of the House Children and Youth Committee, Maloney authored the revisions to state law contained in his House Bill 434 from concerns he has had for years about the different legal standard between teachers and other professionals in the requirements to alert police to potential child abuse. He first became aware of this loophole in state law shortly after being elected to the Oley Valley School District Board of Directors in 2005.

“When I was elected to the House, I made a pledge to myself to change this law,” Maloney said. “Schools are a place where kids should automatically be safe. Parents should never fear dropping their kids off at the school or an athletic event.”

The new law closes the school reporting loophole and applies the same standards for reporting suspected child abuse to school employees as those that exist for other employees of other workplaces. Now, when a school employee suspects another school employee of abusing a student, the standard for substantiating abuse, the reporting requirements and procedures, and the investigative response is the same as it is elsewhere.

Anyone can anonymously report suspected child abuse by using the Department of Public Welfare’s ChildLine phone number: 1-800-932-0313.

Representative David Maloney
130th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: Charles Lardner
Share |