DeLissio proposal to post ChildLine number in hospitals voted affirmatively

HARRISBURG, July 8 – The state House of Representatives today passed a measure that will require child abuse hotline information be posted in schools and hospitals, said Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio.

House Bill 1232 would require K-12 schools to publicly display the statewide toll-free telephone number for reporting suspected child abuse or neglect, known as ChildLine. The departments of Education, Health and Human Services shall make the poster available on their publicly accessible Internet websites.

DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., introduced an amendment that would also require hospitals to display the ChildLine number on a poster in high-traffic, public areas in a hospital’s emergency department.

“ChildLine information needs to be easily accessible so that anyone needing to report suspected abuse can quickly find out how to do so. Hospitals, in addition to schools, are a natural place to post this information,” said DeLissio. “This measure is an easy step we can take to raise awareness and help protect children who may be victims of abuse.”

DeLissio introduced the amendment after learning that there was no requirement in law to advertise the ChildLine number in any location and that HB1232 was the first time a requirement to display the number would be put in place.

The number for the ChildLine and Abuse Registry Intake Unit is 800-932-0313, available 24/7 to receive reports of suspected child abuse. DeLissio hopes posting this information in well trafficked areas such as schools and hospital settings will publicize the number to a broader audience of concerned citizens.

She hopes the Senate takes up the bill quickly to ensure that this number is publicized in both schools and hospitals sooner than later.