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Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse

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Event: Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse

Date: 9/18/19

Time: 8:30 – 11:30 am

Where: Penn Foundation – Loux Center (Univest Community Room)

Cost: Free


About the Course

Statistics surrounding the epidemic of child sexual assault indicate that one out of every four girls and one out of every six boys will be sexually assaulted by the age of eighteen.  Each year, caring, concerned and informed people in Pennsylvania report over 20,000 cases of suspected child abuse or neglect.  It is essential to shift the focus of prevention efforts to focus on the role and responsibility that adult bystanders play in the prevention, protection and intervention of child abuse.  This workshop will provide thorough and detailed information of the definitions of abuse, the legal duty and obligations of mandated reporters, best practice policy and procedures in reporting while discussing in context the dynamics of child abuse.


Course Objectives

  1. Participants will be able to identify at least 4 indicators of abuse
  2. Participants will be able to identify at least 3 reasons why it is important to report suspicions of child abuse
  3. Participants will be able to outline the benefits of engaging with the child protective services system
  4. Participants will be able to explain the professional obligation to report suspicions of child abuse
  5. Participants will be able to explain the steps required to make a report of child abuse
  6. Participants will be able to explain the protocol for responding to a child’s disclosure of abuse


Target Audience

Target audience includes psychologists, social workers, professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, recovery coaches, peer specialists, nurses, nurse practitioners, psychiatrists, and substance abuse counselors for this intermediate level of instruction.



  • 3.0 PCB Approved Education Credits
  • 3.0 Continuing Education Credits for Licensed Social Workers, Licensed Professional Counselors, and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists
  • 3.0 Continuing Education Credits for Registered Nurses (RN) and Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN)


There is no conflict of interest or commercial support for this program.

All attendees must arrive promptly at the beginning of the training and remain the duration of the training to receive continuing education credits.  Please have license number available when signing in.  

Persons with disabilities and special needs are encouraged to contact the registrar for further information.


About the Presenter

Mary Richter, M.Ed., has a progressive teaching career spanning more than two and a half decades.  As a NOVA prevention educator and trainer, Ms. Richter provides sexual assault and violence prevention programs to youth and professionals throughout Bucks County.  Ms. Richter has developed curricula, provided trainings to state government agencies, and presented at national conferences.

Ms. Richter has a degree in Psychology from Rutgers University, a Masters Degree in Education, and Supervisor of Education certification from the College of New Jersey.



  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  (2014).  Prevalence of Individual Adverse Childhood Experience.  Available from http://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/acestudy/prevalence.html
  • Child Protective Services Law (23 PA.C.S.)
  • Child Welfare Information Gateway.  (2013).  What Is Child Abuse and Neglect?  Recognizing the Signs and Symptoms.  Washington, DC:  U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children’s Bureau.  Retrieved from https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/factsheets/whatiscan.pdf
  • Child Welfare Information Gateway.  (2013).  How the child welfare system works.  Washington, DC:  U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children’s Bureau.  Retrieved from https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/factsheets/cpswork.pdf
  • Crimes Code (18 PA.C.S.)
  • Felitti, V.J., Anda, R.F., Nordenberg, D., Williamson, D.F., Spitz, A.M., Edwards, V., Koss, M.P., & Marks, J.S. (1998).  Relationship of childhood abuse and household dysfunction to many of the leading causes of death in adults:  The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study.  American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 14, 245-258.  Retrieved from http://download.journals.elsevierhealth.com/pdfs/journals/07493797/PIIS0749379798000178.pdf
  • Finkelhor, D., Hotaling, G., Lewis, I.A., & Smith, C.  (1990).  Sexual Abuse in a National Survey of Adult Men and Women:  Prevalence, Characteristics, and Risk Factors.  Child Abuse & Neglect, (14/1), p. 19-28.
  • Judicial Code (42 PA.C.S.)
  • Kempe, C.H., Silverman, F.N., Steele, B.F., Doegemueller, W. & Silver, H.K. (1962).  The battered-child syndrome.  Journal of the American Medical Association 181:17-24
  • Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape.  (2008).  4 U 2 Know:  Telling Our Stories.  Retrieved from http://www.pcar.org/sites/default/files/file/TA/4_u_2_know.pdf
  • Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare.  (2012).  2012 Annual child abuse report.  Harrisburg, PA:  Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare.  Retrieved from http://www.dpw.state.pa.us/cs/groups/webcontent/documents/report/p_034463.pdf
  • Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare.  (2013).  2013 Annual child abuse report.  Harrisburg, PA:  Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare.  Retrieved from http://www.dpw.state.pa.us/cs/groups/webcontent/documents/report/c_086251.pdf
  • University of South Carolina School of Law, Children’s Law Center; Interviewing child victims of maltreatment including physical and sexual abuse, 2010.  Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10827/8507
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families.  (2008).  Long term consequences of abuse and neglect.  Retrieved from https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/factsheets/long_term_consequences.cfm
  • U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, National Center for Juvenile Justice.  (2000).  Sexual assault of young children as reported to law enforcement:  Victim, incident, and offender characteristics (NCJ 182990).  Retrieved from http://bjs.ojp.usdoj.gov/content/pub/pdf/saycrle.pdf


For more information, contact Karen M. Kern at 215.453.5171 or kkern@pennfoundation.org


If you do not receive the professional benefits described in our program materials or you have some other professional complaint, please let us know in writing within 7 days of the training and we will honor you request for a refund.


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