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Act 31Mandated Child Abuse Recognition & Reporting

Debra Wolfe, M.Ed.

3.0 CE Hours Available

All orders include the entire presentation with handouts and a CE test.
Streaming videos and audio downloads will be available immediately after checkout
Mailed CD and DVD formats include the printed handouts and CE test in an attractive portfolio

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Participants will be able to describe:



  • Differences between child protective services and general protective services
  • Relevant definitions including: child, perpetrator, acts or failures to act, categories of child abuse, and exclusions to child abuse
  • Provisions and responsibilities for reporting suspected child abuse
  • Indicators for the recognition of child abuse



Description of Child Welfare in Pennsylvania

Child Protective Services (CPS)

General Protective Services (GPS)

  • Description/differentiation of the two types
  • Criteria for a report being CPS vs. GPS

Definitions that Must be Covered:
Components of Child Abuse

  • Child
  • Perpetrator
  • Inclusion of school employees
  • Act or failure to act

    All Categories of Child Abuse

    Exclusions to Child Abuse
    • Clarify exclusion to substantiating a report versus exclusion to reporting

Provisions and Responsibilities for Reporting Suspected Child Abuse

  • Permissive Reporters
  • Mandated Reporters
  • Attorneys as Mandated Reporters
  • Privileged/Confidential Communications

Reporting Process

  • Mandated Reporters role related to reasonable cause to suspect vs. conducting an investigation
  • Reporting without having to determine the relationship of the perpetrator to the victim child
  • Streamlining of the reporting process
    • Direct reports by the person who suspects
    • Report immediately
    • Electronic submission of reports by mandated reporters
      • Reporting scenarios
      • To whom and how quickly reports are made
      • What happens after a report is made
      Protections for Reporters
      Penalties for Failure to Report
      Mandated Reporters Right-to-Know

Recognition/Indicators of Child Abuse