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ATrain Education Inc.

PA: Child Abuse, Recognition and Reporting for Mandated Reporters, 3 units

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Overview / Abstract:

This course is jointly approved by Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, the Pennsylvania Department of Education, and and the Pennsylvania Department of State. It fulfills the 3-unit requirement for training in child abuse recognition and reporting for mandated reporters under Act 31. PA CE Provider #CACE000044. Program #CAPR000042.
For those in the healthcare professions, course completions are reported to the PA Department of State within 24 hours.

This online course is for healthcare providers and other professionals in Pennsylvania who are mandated to report suspected child abuse. It begins with historical information about child abuse recognition in the United States and continues with a description of child welfare and child protective services in Pennsylvania. Child abuse is defined, along with its components and categories. New regulations related to human trafficking are included. The reporting process is described, as well as responsibilities of mandated reporters, permissive reporters, reasonable cause, and penalties for failing to report. The course describes indicators of child abuse. It concludes with information about the prevention of child abuse.

When you finish this course, you will be able to:

*Relate the name of one of the first people to bring a charge of child abuse before the courts in the United States.
*Describe two differences between child protective services and general protective services in Pennsylvania.
*State the components of child abuse.
*State the categories of child abuse under Pennsylvania law.
*Identify two responsibilities each for mandated and permissive reporters.
*Define reasonable cause as it relates to the reporting of child abuse.
*Relate two indicators each of child abuse, sexual abuse or exploitation, serious mental injury, and serious physical neglect.
*Describe the main protective factors that have been linked to a lower incidence of child abuse and neglect.


Dec 28, 2022


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Credits / Hours

3.0 Contact Hours


American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), California Board of Physical Therapy, California Board of Registered Nursing, Florida Board of Nursing, Georgia Board of Physical Therapy, New York Physical Therapy Association, Pennsylvania Department of State, Pennsylvania Department of Health, Pennsylvania Department of Education

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Presenters / Authors / Faculty

Fran Laughton, RN, PHN, MSN, FNP, Susan Walters Schmid, PhD, and Lauren Robertson, BA, MPT

Activity Specialities / Related Topics

Sexual Issues, Rehabilitation / Therapy, Public Health / Community Health, Primary Care, Pediatrics, Law / Legal, Ethics, Case Management

Keywords / Search Terms

ATrain Education, child abuse, maltreatment, neglect, mandated reporter, sexual abuse, chronic stress, abandoned child, Pennsylvania, PA, mandatory, permissive reporter

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