There are a lot of changes to the state’s child abuse reporting laws, most of which go into effect Dec. 31. Are you ready? Do you know what constitutes child abuse in the new expanded and more specific definition? Do you know what is required of you as a mandated reporter?
The Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED) has developed a suite of additional materials to help physicians understand the child abuse law changes. We also held a webinar on Dec. 4 and a panel discussion to help physicians understand the changes. An archive of this webinar is now available.
The key changes covered in this webinar included:
- The new definition of child abuse is more specific and has been expanded.
- Physicians will need to report suspected child abuse identified in certain circumstances outside their professional capacity.
- Physicians will no longer be able to fulfill their reporting obligation simply by making a report to their supervisor or other designated person in their workplace.
- The penalties for failing to make a mandatory report are increased.
- Physicians have new mandatory child abuse recognition and reporting training requirements as a condition of licensure.
Stay up-to-date with the latest information and resources by watching the Daily Dose, PAMED’s all member daily email,and visiting www.pamedsoc.org/childabuselaws.