Diocese of Scranton
Flow Chart for Reporting Abuse
Call 911 if the child is in imminent danger

  1. Make a report by Calling Childline Immediately

    • Complete and Mail in CY-47 Form
      Form (PDF) can be found online at: http://keepkidssafe.pa.gov/cs/groups/webcontent/documents/form/c_137044.pdf Complete all information on the form as far as you are able. There may be questions you are not able to answer. Please mail the form to the Local County Office of Children & Youth as directed.
    • OPTION – Electronic Reporting
      You may also report abuse online at: https://www.compass.state.pa.us/cwis/public/home
      If you do not have a Keystone ID, you will need to create one.  Click on “Access my Referrals”.
      Complete all information as far as you are able.  There may be questions you are not able to answer. A confirmation of the submittal will be sent by email.
      If you have a Keystone ID you may view and print your report.
      ***It is not required to submit the CY-47 Form if you report electronically.
  2. Inform Person in Charge
    This may be the Pastor, Principal, Administrator, Director of Religious Education, etc.
  3. Call Local Children & Youth Agency
    Mail or fax copy of CY-47 to Local County Office of Children & Youth if a verbal report was made.
  4. Receive and Save Status Report Letter from Local County Office of Children & Youth
    Within 30-60 days, you should receive a letter from the Local County Office of Children & Youth that states the status of the report

NOTE: Keep copies of ALL your correspondence and a record of to whom you spoke.


General Reporting Procedures

  • Reports of child abuse are to be made immediately to ChildLine. The toll-free number is: 1-800-932-0313.
    A report can also be made electronically thru the self-service portal at compass.state.pa.us/cwis
  • Those who serve in staff positions in any Church-related institution must immediately make a report when child abuse is suspected. After making the report to ChildLine, the official in charge of the parish, institution, school, facility or agency should be notified.
  • A written report (CY47) is to be made within 48 hours of the telephone report and sent to the child protective services agency in the county in which the abuse occurred. Guidelines for the written report are available from the PA Department of Human Services (DHS) or from the Safe Environment Office of the Diocese of Scranton.  Please call 570-207-1453.
  • Church personnel should make the required reports whenever they have any cause to suspect that child abuse has occurred.
  • The addresses and phone numbers of the county children and youth agencies throughout the eleven counties of the Diocese of Scranton are to be found at the website:  https://www.dioceseofscranton.org/child-protection-victim-assistance/pa-cpsl-mandated-reporting/children-youth-services-offices/

Additional information concerning the reporting of child abuse in Pennsylvania can be found at http://www.keepkidssafe.pa.gov/.


  1. CY 47 Form
  2. Credibly Accused Individuals
  3. Victim Assistance
  4. Contact Information-County Children and Youth Agencies
  5. Link to Grand Jury Report