About this program
Who is a mandated reporter?
Mandated reporters are those people who are required by law to report suspected child abuse. Mandated reporters are held to a higher standard of responsibility and may receive serious consequences for not reporting suspected abuse. Pennsylvania’s Child Protective Services Law (CPSL) was amended in 2014, including substantial changes to the list of people who are mandated reporters. Effective December 31, 2014, people in these positions are mandated to report child abuse:
•A person licensed or certified to practice in any health-related field under the jurisdiction of the Department of State;
•A medical examiner, coroner or funeral director;
•An employee of a health care facility or provider licensed by the Department of Health, who is engaged in the admission, examination, care or treatment of individuals;
•A school employee;
•An employee of a child care service, who has direct contact with children in the course of employment;
•Clergyman, priest, rabbi, minister, Christian Science practitioner, religious healer or spiritual leader of any regularly established church or other religious organization;
•An individual paid or unpaid; who, on the basis of the individual’s role as an integral part of a regularly scheduled program, activity or service, accepts responsibility for a child;
•An employee of a social services agency, who has direct contact with children in the course of employment;
•A peace officer or law enforcement official defined as Attorney General, District Attorney, PA State Police and municipal police officer.
•An emergency medical services provider certified by the Department of Health;
•An employee of a public library, who has direct contact with children in the course of employment;
•An individual supervised or managed by a person listed above who has direct contact with children in the course of their employment; and
•An independent contractor who has direct contact with children.
•An attorney affiliated with an agency, institution, organization or other entity that is responsible for the care, supervision, guidance or control of children.
•A foster parent.
What does the training include?
"Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse" is approved by the Departments of Human Services, Education and State. It is eligible for Act 48 credits and meets the requirements for required training under Act 126 and Act 31.
Our on-site, instructionally designed training is delivered at the organization’s location and is for many providers of child services, including, but not limited to:
•Child care centers
•Juvenile probation officers
•Nonprofit community service organizations
Participants receive resources and reference materials to take with them after training. PFSA’s curriculum is approved for Act 48 credits. This training meets requirements under Act 126 (Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse requirement) and Act 31 for required training of mandated reporters, including continuing education for health-related licenses under the Department of State.
Our training reviews the elements of child abuse, including the legal definitions of a child, perpetrator, and categories and indicators of abuse. The training provides an overview of mandated reporting obligations, including how to make a report, protections for those who report, and the liability for failing to report.