Changes to the Child Protective Services Law

Significant changes were made to Pennsylvania’s Child Protective Services Law in 2013 and 2014.
To view the updated CPSL (2015), click here.
To view a summary of the changes, click here.

 

Act 31 Requirements for Training of Mandated Reporters 

 

Act 31 requires child abuse recognition and reporting training for the following:

  • Mandated reporters who hold a health-related license under the Pennsylvania Department of State.

    • Training approved by the licensing board in consultation with the Department of Human Services.

    • Two hours of training for each licensing cycle.

  • Operators of institutions, facilities or agencies that care for children and are subject to supervision by the department under Article IX of the Public Welfare Code, and their employees who have direct contact with children.

    • Operators must have three hours of training no later than June 30, 2015, and prior to the issuance of a license. Three hours of training is required every five years thereafter.

    • Employees who have direct contact with children must have three hours of training within six months of the issuance of a license. Three hours of training is required every five years thereafter.

    • New employees must have three hours of training within 90 days of hire.

  • Foster Parents

    • Foster parents must have three hours of training within six months of the issuance of a license. Three hours of training is required every five years thereafter.

    • New foster parents must have three hours of training within 90 days of approval.

  • Operators of facilities and agencies that care for children and are subject to licensure by the department under Article X of the Public Welfare Code and their employees who have direct contact with children.

    • Operators must have three hours of training no later than June 30, 2015, and prior to the issuance of a license. Three hours of training is required every five years thereafter.

    • Employees who have direct contact with children must have three hours of training within six months of the issuance of a license. Three hours of training is required every five years thereafter.

    • New employees must have three hours of training within 90 days of hire.

  • Caregivers in family day care homes that are subject to registration by the department under Subarticle (c) of Article X of the Public Welfare Code and their employees who have direct contact with children.

    • Operators must have three hours of training no later than June 30, 2015, and prior to the issuance of a license. Three hours of training is required every five years thereafter.

 

To read Act 31, please click here.

 

The Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse training provided by Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance (PFSA) is approved by the Department of Human Services, the Department of State and the Department of Education. For more information about training options, please click here.

 

For further information about the training requirement, please contact:

 

Your licensing board under the Department of State www.dos.state.pa.us
Your program office at the Department of Human Services www.dhs.state.pa.us

 

Act 126 requires training for school employees. Click here to read the requirements of this Act.

 

 

Laws and Regulations 

The Child Protective Services Law, and its most recent amendments can be found here. Check back for updated regulations as they become available.