Pennsylvania Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting


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Start Date

1 Sep 2023

Last Review Date

1 Sep 2023

Expiration Date

31 Aug 2026

Estimated Time To Finish

180 Minutes

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Activity Description

Healthcare providers in Pennsylvania must adhere to the Pennsylvania Child Protective Services Law (CPSL), 23 Pa.C.S. Chapter 63 (relating to child protective services) when recognizing and reporting suspected child abuse. The CPSL was established in 1975 to protect children from abuse, allow the opportunity for healthy growth and development, and preserve and stabilize the family whenever possible. This activity outlines the categories and common indicators of child abuse, as well as the requirements and procedures for reporting suspected child abuse.

This course is approved through the DHS for initial licensure. It is also approved by the DOS for relicensure.

Target Audience

This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of physicians, physician associates, nurses, pharmacists, nurse practitioners, dentists, and social workers.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the learner will be better able to:

  • Understand the categories of child abuse outlined in the CPSL, including common indicators for suspected child abuse.

  • Understand a healthcare provider's role in recognizing and reporting suspected child abuse.

  • Understand the requirements for reporting suspected child abuse, as outlined in the CPSL.

  • Understand the legal penalties for a mandated reporter who willfully fails to report suspected child abuse.


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In support of improving patient care, StatPearls, LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

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Please consult your professional licensing board for information on the applicability and acceptance of continuing education credit for this activity.

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  3. Study the educational content of the enduring material.
  4. Choose the best answer to each activity test question. To receive credit and a certificate, you must pass the test questions with a minimum score of 100%.
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mike is testing this

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The written material only coincided with the questions on 1 question. The rest of the questions were outside of the scope of the written material given to review prior to the questions. It is a bit unorthodox and discouraging to not provide the majority of the information in written form prior to quizzing individuals on it.

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excellent in outlining professional responsibilities. Enjoyed the scenarios.

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I suggest less specific medical questions for social workers.

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