In accordance with Act 31 of 2014, the following individuals are required to participate in child abuse recognition and reporting training that has been approved by the Department of State and the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services:
- Effective December 31, 2014, individuals applying for a license or certification issued by a licensing board identified as mandated reporters must submit documentation of 3 hours of training;
- Effective December 31, 2014, individuals applying for the renewal of a license or certification issued by a licensing board identified as mandated reporters must submit documentation of 2 hours of training per licensure cycle.
- Beginning July 1, 2015, the following must receive 3 hours of training prior to the re-issuance of a license, approval or registration certificate and three hours of training every five years thereafter:
- Current employees having direct contact with children. (Includes Nurse Aides)
The Department has collaborated with the University of Pittsburgh’s, Child Welfare Resource Center to develop a free, web-based training. This training is approved in accordance with Act 126 of 2012 and Act 31 of 2104, for mandated and permissive reporters and can be found at www.reportabusepa.pitt.edu.
Please refer to the reference below for specific implementation information.