Pennsylvania: Child Abuse Renewal: Recognition and Reporting, 2 units

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Pennsylvania: Child Abuse Renewal: Recognition and Reporting, 2 units—Course Summary

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Approved by Pennsylvania Department of Human Services and the Pennsylvania Department of State, Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs. Fulfills the 2-unit renewal requirement for training in child abuse recognition and reporting for mandated reporters under Act 31. PA CE Provider #CACE000044; Program #CAPR000042; CE Course #ATE10002.

For healthcare providers and other professionals in Pennsylvania who are mandated to report suspected child abuse. Begins with historical information about child abuse recognition in the U.S. 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.

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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The authors and planners have disclosed no conflicts-of-interest in the planning and implementation of this course. No financial support was received for the development of this course.

Target Audience

This course is approved by the PA Department of State for all healthcare professionals.

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Learning Objectives

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

  1. Describe two differences between child protective services and general protective services in Pennsylvania.
  2. State the components of child abuse.
  3. Describe two types of human trafficking.
  4. State the categories of child abuse under Pennsylvania law.
  5. Identify two responsibilities each for mandated and permissive reporters.
  6. Define reasonable cause as it relates to the reporting of child abuse.
  7. Relate two indicators each of child abuse.
  8. Describe five protective factors that have been linked to a lower incidence of child abuse and neglect.

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

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 2.00 Contact hours
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Fran Laughton, RN, PHN, MSN, FNP
Lauren Robertson, BA, MPT
Susan Walters Schmid, PhD

PA CE Provider #CACE000044; Program #CAPR000042; CE Course #ATE10002.

Available Credit

  • 2.00 Contact hours


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