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Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse 

 

On July 5, 2012, Governor Corbett signed into law Act of July 5, 2012, P.L. 1084, No. 126 Cl. 24 Session of 2012, which amended the Public School Code of 1949 to mandate that all school entities (a public school, charter school, cyber charter school, private school, nonpublic school, intermediate unit or area vocational-technical school) and independent contractors of school entities provide certain training to all employees who have direct contact with children.  Direct contact with children has been defined as “the possibility of care, supervision, guidance or control of children or routine interaction with children”.  The law goes into effect on January 2, 2013.

If a school district wishes to provide Act 48 for professional staff the training must be approved by the Department of Education (PDE) in consultation with the Department of Human Services (DHS). Those holding professional licenses under the Department of State must be training through a DHS approved provider.

IU 8 Training Opportunities
Appalachia Intermediate Unit 8 is approved to provide training to our member organizations through the PA Family Support Alliance (PAFSA) train the trainer program. PAFSA is an approved provider of the PA Department of Human Services for training required by the PA Department of Education and Department of State. Individuals licensed through DOS will be given information for submission of CEUs and licensure.

 

To see workshops scheduled by IU 8, click here for the IU 8 registration system. Select "Events" and do a Search for "Mandated Child Abuse Report Training."

 

Sessions will be open to individuals of our member districts (including regular full/part-time/substitute employees, volunteers and contractors). The $5 non-refundable registration fee is for the required participant workbook and processing. This fee is based upon the current cost of the workbook and any increases will be reflected at the time of registration.

Participants must attend the full 3 hour session to meet the requirements of the mandate.

Training is designed to provide information related to the requirements of mandated reporting of child abuse and neglect as defined by the Pennsylvania Child Protective Services Law. 

 
Training Objectives:
  • Recognize the signs and symptoms of child abuse / neglect

  • Review the elements of child abuse including categories of abuse and associated indicators

  • Learn how to properly report cases of suspected child abuse / neglect

  • Become familiar with responsibilities and protections under the law

  • Provide a better understanding of the County Children & Youth agencies and the roles played when suspected abuse and/or neglect is reported

 

For more information please contact the Human Resource Department (814-940-0223 ext 1316 or email kmakin@iu08.org)

 

PA Family Support Alliance Webinar Training Opportunities

§ Online version of training complete with activities

§ Pre-registration and payment is required

§ Registration and payment details can be found on the PA Family Support Alliance website http://www.pa-fsa.org select the Mandated Reporters link

§ Sessions are available at different times including evening and weekend

§ Materials will be available at log in (log in at least 10 minutes prior to start time)

§ Participants must individually log in to receive credit

§ Participants must stay logged in for the duration of the training and complete the pre-test and post-test

The PA Family Support Alliance will also do on-site training for school districts. For more information visit their website http://www.pa-fsa.org and click the Mandated Reporters link.

 

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