Child abuse and neglect is widespread and associated with a variety of psychosocial problems. While federal law broadly defines child abuse, each state is charged with refining and specifying what constitutes child abuse and outlining report and investigation procedures. Pennsylvania Code defines categories of mandatory reporters who are required to report cases of suspected child abuse. The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services uses ChildLine, an organizational unit that receives, refers and maintains reports of abuse investigations. The guidelines outline the process for assessment and investigation procedures for these reports. DHS staff members assess the level of risk to the child and make recommendations for action to ensure the safety and well-being of the child. Practitioners may be involved with intervention activities. Multicultural skills and sensitivities are often required to work with children and families from diverse backgrounds.
The goal of this reporting child abuse continuing education module is to provide social workers, athletic trainers, audiologists, certified medical assistants, certified nursing assistants, dietitians, EMTs/paramedics, health educators, massage therapists, nurses, occupational therapists, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, physical therapists, physicians, physician assistants, psychologists, respiratory therapists, speech-language pathologists with an overview of the requirements and procedures for reporting cases of child abuse in Pennsylvania. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
- Define the meaning of child abuse according to 23 Pa.C.S. Chapter 63
- Describe the physical, psychological, behavioral and environmental indicators of child abuse
- Identify risk factors related to child maltreatment
- Outline the procedures for making a report to ChildLine
This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including social workers, athletic trainers, audiologists, certified medical assistants, certified nursing assistants, dietitians, EMTs/paramedics, health educators, massage therapists, nurses, occupational therapists, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, physical therapists, physicians, physician assistants, psychologists, respiratory therapists, speech-language pathologists.
Psychologists: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
The Pennsylvania Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs has approved OnCourse learning to provide this child abuse continuing education activity for 2 hours.
OnCourse Learning is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. OnCourse Learning maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
Instructional level: Introductory or Basic
Target audience: Psychologists
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