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Here is the PA Department of Human Services’ website related to these new laws—Keep Kids Safe PA:

http://www.keepkidssafe.pa.gov/index.htm

 

FAQs

Mandated Reporter FAQs from PA Dept of Human Services

Employee Clearances FAQs from PA Dept of Human Services

Volunteer Clearances FAQs from PA Dept of Human Services

Volunteer Clearances FAQs from PA Association of Nonprofit Organizations

 

Training for Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting

 

For onsite—in some cases free and others fee-based—and virtual training:

Family Support Alliance:

http://www.pa-fsa.org/mandated_reporters/about_mandated_reporters.aspx

 

For free web-based training offered by the University of Pittsburgh:

www.reportabusepa.pitt.edu

This requires you to register but then links directly to a web training program.

 

Background

 

For the November 2012 recommendations from the Final Report of the Task Force on Child Protection that led to many of the legislative changes:

http://www.childprotection.state.pa.us/Resources/press/2012-11-27%20Child%20Protection%20Report%20FINAL.pdf

 

For an overview of all of the new laws that passed in the wake of the Sandusky scandal:

http://www.keepkidssafe.pa.gov/laws/index.htm

This provides you with a fuller sense of the widespread legislative response—23 separate bills—to bolster Pennsylvania’s child protection laws.  Changes to the mandated reporter definition and the requirements for more background clearances are but two of the many laws that changed or were added in the wake of the Sandusky scandal.

 

For a PowerPoint overview of the entire child protection reform legislation including both Mandated Reporting and Background Clearance requirements, created by Cindi Horshaw, Acting Director of the Office of Children, Youth, and Families in the PA Department of Human Services:

Child Protection overview PowerPoint from PA DHS.pdf

Mandated Reporter information may be found on Slides 24 through 47

Clearances information may be found on Slides 104 through 112

 

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