Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting in Pennsylvania

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About the Course

Audience

This course meets the mandatory requirements for nurses responsible for recognizing and reporting child abuse in Pennsylvania. 

Purpose statement

Child abuse and neglect remains a significant problem for us all in the United States, as well as Pennsylvania. Approximately 3.9 million children in the U.S. were the subjects of at least one report (HHS,2013 Child Maltreatment Report). In Pennsylvania alone, there were 26,944 reports of suspected child and student abuse in 2013, which is an increase of 280 reports from the previous year (Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare Annual Child Abuse Report 2013). This course provides the details of the identification, assessment and reporting of child abuse and meets the state's continuing education requirements related to the same.


Learning Objectives

  • Recognize possible clinical, behavioral, and physical indicators of suspected child abuse and neglect.
  • Explain criteria of mandated reporters in accordance with Pennsylvania law.
  • Evaluate situations to determine whether there is reasonable cause to suspect child abuse or neglect.
  • Apply the updated requirements and protocol for reporting child abuse or neglect.
  • Describe the reporting procedure.
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