New PA Child Abuse Laws

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P.A. (18NEWS) — Amendments to PA state child abuse laws will go into effect January 1, 2015. 

Under the amended child protective services act, all physicians seeking to renew their license on or after January first will need to complete two hours of approved training on child abuse recognition and reporting as a new condition.

The Pennsylvania state child abuse law changes will go into effect as a direct result of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. Specific definitions of child abuse have been further clarified so health care, psychiatric care and law enforcement are all on the same page.

Pediatrician, and P.A. Medical Society member, Rachel Berger, said the changes will help the state to progress in protecting its children.

“Previously physicians could report either through the county or to the state but all calls can now go to the state that’s a significant change from reporters electronic reporting will be starting as of January 1 so mandated in the orders can get a login and can sign into the new system.”

Berger said some of the technical changes can help bring the state up to speed with other states.

All mandated reporters will have the ability to print and check the outcome of their reports online which will streamline the process for physicians.

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