Child Abuse

Home > Tools You Can Use > Topics > Child Abuse You Can Use:Topics:Child Abuse<p> <a href="/learn-lead/topics/child-abuse/ChildAbuseTrainingPennsylvania"><img class="ms-rtePosition-2" src="/PublishingImages/ChildAbuseDomesticViolence.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /></a>Physicians have a mandatory obligation to report suspected child abuse under Pennsylvania’s Child Protective Services Law (CPSL). PAMED has developed a suite of Quick Consults to aid physicians understand their child abuse reporting and related responsibilities.</p><ul><li> <strong><a href="">Child Abuse Reporting (PDF)</a></strong> — This document summarizes the mandatory reporting obligation and changes to the CPSL in late 2013 and 2014 to address concerns with the adequacy of protections for abused children in Pennsylvania. </li><li> <strong> <a href="">Definition of Child Abuse (PDF)</a></strong> — The chart outlines the types of conduct that the CPSL defines as child abuse and summarizes the changes in the applicable definitions.</li><li> <strong><a href="">Child Abuse Reporting FAQs (PDF)</a></strong> — These FAQs address questions that are commonly asked by physicians. Be sure to check back for updates to this document.</li><li> <strong><a href="">Signs and Symptoms of Child Abuse (PDF)</a></strong> — This document outlines the risk factors and signs and symptoms of child abuse, and provides important consideration such as effective physician-patient communication.</li><li> <strong><a href="">Reporting Requirements for Infants Affected by Substance Abuse (PDF)</a> </strong>— Act 4 of 2014 places expanded requirements on health care providers related to newborns and infants who exhibit symptoms of a mother's drug or alcohol abuse. Get an overview of the law.  </li></ul><p>You can also fulfill your state licensure requirements for child abuse reporting with <strong> <a href="">PAMED's series of online child abuse training courses</a></strong>.</p> court ruling on child abuse reportingSuperior Court Rules that Failure to Report Suspected Child Abuse Can Result in Civil Damages<p>​On Aug. 25, a Superior Court Panel ruled 3-0 in K.H. v Kumur that physicians who fail to report a reasonable suspicion of child abuse can be found liable for medical professional liability. </p>Physicians;#

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