SUSPECT CHILD ABUSE OR NEGLECT? CALL CHILDLINE: 1-800-932-0313
Training for Mandated Reporters

Certain mandated reporters are required to obtain training in child abuse recognition and reporting in accordance with Act 31. This includes:

✓ Certain individuals applying or holding a license or certification through the Department of State
✓ Current operators of child-serving institutions, facilities or agencies that Department of Human Services licenses, approved, or registers
✓ Current employees having direct contact with children in child-serving institutions, facilities, or agencies that the Department of Human Services licenses, approved, or registers
✓ Current caregivers and employees in family day care homes
✓ Current foster parents

 

Training info

The Department of Human Services supports child abuse recognition and reporting training through a variety of delivery methods, including web-based and in-person.

The department contracts with:

View a list of approved courses for child abuse recognition and reported training for mandated reporters.
 

Schools

Act 126 requires that all school entities (a public school, charter school, cyber charter school, private school, nonpublic school, intermediate unit or area vocational-technical school) and independent contractors of school entities provide child abuse recognition and reporting training to all employees, including contracted substitute teachers who have direct contact with children. For more information and for a list of approved trainings, please visit the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s website.
 

Professional licensees

The following people are required to participate in child abuse recognition and reporting training that has been approved by the Department of State and the Department of Human Services:

  • Individuals applying for a license or certification issued by a licensing board identified as mandated reporters must submit documentation of three hours of training
  • Individuals applying for the renewal of a license or certification issued by a licensing board identified as mandated reporters must submit documentation of two hours of training per licensure cycle

Exemptions

A professional licensee identified as a mandated reporter may apply to the licensing board with jurisdiction over the licensee for an exemption from the training or continuing education requirement if all of the following apply:

  • The applicant or licensee submits acceptable documentation to the licensing board that they have already completed training
  • The training was required by the Public School Code or Public Welfare Code and the training was approved by the Department of Human Services either in whole or in conjunction with the Department of Education
  • The amount of training received equals or exceeds the amount required
     

DHS licensees

The following people are required to participate in child abuse recognition and reporting training that has been approved by the Department of Human Services:

  • New employees having direct contact with children in child-serving institutions, facilities, or agencies that DHS licenses, approved or registers and new foster parents must receive three hours of training within 90 days of hire or approval, and three hours of training every five years thereafter
  • Prospective operators of child-serving institutions, facilities, agencies, or family day care homes that DHS licenses, approved, or registers must receive three hours of training prior to the issuance of a license, approval or registration certificate, and three hours of training every five years thereafter
  • The following individuals must receive three 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 operators of child-serving institutions, facilities or agencies that DHS licenses, approved, or registers
    • Current employees having direct contact with children in child-serving institutions, facilities, or agencies that DHS licenses, approved, or registers
    • Current caregivers and employees in family day care homes
    • Current foster parents

Exemptions

A person may be exempted from the requirements if all of the following apply:

  • The person submits acceptable documentation that they have already completed training
  • The training was required by the Public School Code or Public Welfare Code or this chapter and the training was approved by the Department either in whole or in conjunction with the Department of Education
  • The amount of training received equals or exceeds the amount required.
     

Submit a curriculum

Interested in submitting a curriculum for review and consideration for approval? Use these guidelines:

Submission
procedures
Items required
for course approval

 Providers process
(+ Appendix A)

 

More information

Suspect child abuse? Call ChildLine at 1-800-932-0313. 

Email questions related to child protection to the Office of Children, Youth and Families (not to report abuse).

 

ACT 31 IMPLEMENTATION MASTER SCHEDULE

Name of Organization
Compliance Deadline
State Board of Massage Therapy (Only for those licensees who have not renewed by December 31, 2014)
Jan. 31, 2015
STATE BOARD OF SOCIAL WORKERS, MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS AND PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS
Feb. 28, 2015
STATE BOARD OF DENTISTRY
March 31, 2015
STATE BOARD OF NURSING
·         First Cohort of Nurses
·         Second Cohort of Nurses
·         Third Cohort of Nurses
·         Licensed Practical Nurses
·         Licensed Dietitian-Nutritionists
·         Fourth Cohort of Nurses
 
April 30, 2015
Oct. 31, 2015
April 30, 2016
June 30, 2016
Sept. 30, 2016
Oct. 31, 2016
STATE BOARD OF OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY
June 30, 2015
STATE BOARD OF PSYCHOLOGY
Nov. 30, 2015
STATE BOARD OF FUNERAL DIRECTORS
Jan. 31, 2016
STATE BOARD OF EXAMINERS IN SPEECH-LANGUAGE AND HEARING
July 31, 2016
STATE BOARD OF EXAMINERS OF NURSING HOME ADMINISTRATORS
June 30, 2016
STATE BOARD OF CHIROPRACTIC
Aug. 31, 2016
STATE BOARD OF PHARMACY
Sept. 30, 2016
STATE BOARD OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE
Oct. 31, 2016
STATE BOARD OF OPTOMETRY
Nov. 30, 2016
STATE BOARD OF MEDICINE
Dec. 31, 2016
STATE BOARD OF PHYSICAL THERAPY
Dec. 31, 2016
STATE BOARD OF PODIATRY
Dec. 31, 2016
STATE BOARD OF MASSAGE THERAPY
Jan. 31, 2017