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For mail order or to view/download a printable copy of this course, PDF icon PA Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting for Mandated Reporters, 3 units

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.

   Lauren Robertson, BA, MPT
   Susan Walters Schmid, PhD

Contact hours: 3
AOTA CEUs: 0.3
Expiration date: December 31, 2024
Course price: $29

Course Summary

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.

Target Audience

All healthcare providers required by Pennsylvania to complete child abuse training.*

*If you are an OT or OTA, you may need the following information for relicensure:

AOTA Approved Provider Logo 2023 ATrain Education is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. Approved provider #6558. This distance learning-independent is offered at 0.3 CEUs, introductory, Foundational Knowledge. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

Criteria for Successful Completion

Study the course material, achieve a score of 80% or higher on the post test (the post test can be repeated if a learner scores less than 80%), complete the course evaluation, and pay where required. No partial credit will be awarded.


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Conflict of Interest/Commercial Support Disclosure

The planners and authors of this learning activity have declared no conflicts of interest, vested interest, or financial relationship that may influence the content of this activity. All information is provided fairly and without bias.

ATrain Education, Inc. received no outside financial or commercial support in the preparation, presentation or implementation of this learning activity and has no affiliation with any company whose products or services are mentioned in this activity.

Course Objectives

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

  1. Describe the importance of one of the first cases of child abuse brought before the courts in the United States.
  2. State the difference between child protective services and general protective services.
  3. Relate the components of child abuse.
  4. Identify two types of human trafficking.
  5. Describe the categories of child abuse under Pennsylvania law.
  6. Identify two responsibilities each for mandated and permissive reporters.
  7. Define reasonable cause as it relates to the reporting of child abuse.
  8. Relate two indicators for each category of child abuse.
  9. Describe five factors that have been shown to protect against child abuse and neglect.

*Please note: attainment of course objectives will be assessed in the course evaluation.