• Dentists
  • Dental Hygienists
  • Dental Assistants
Hours:  2 Contact Hours
  • Frank P. Cervone, JD, MA
  • Meghan E. Johnson, MPH
  • Robert Esgro, JD, RPh
Item#: L0710
Contents: 1 Course Book (46 pages)
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Pennsylvania Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting

Price $19.95
Item # L0710
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

This course offers an overview of the historically evolving role of mandated reporters and a description of child welfare services in Pennsylvania. It provides Pennsylvania dentists with details of the legal requirements imposed on mandated reporters of child abuse. The course defines the statutory (legal) components of child abuse, including what does and does not constitute child abuse. The course outlines the provisions and responsibilities for reporting such abuse by distinguishing between individuals designated as “mandatory reporters” and those deemed to be “permissive reporters.” Clear instructions are provided for navigating the reporting process, and the ways in which reporters are protected under the law are outlined. Lastly, the course details the indicators essential to recognizing abuse. The course provides dentists in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania with the knowledge and tools they need to fulfill their legal responsibility to report suspected child abuse.

This course fulfills the requirement that all Pennsylvania dentists complete 2 hours of Board-approved continuing education in child abuse recognition and reporting requirements as a condition of their license renewal. 

Pennsylvania - Fulfills your child abuse recognition and reporting CE requirement.

In order to submit your course completion record to the Pennsylvania Department of State, the name on your account MUST be an exact match to the name on your license. If the name that appears on your account is different, please call 1-800-953-8731 to have your account updated.

Course Objectives
  • Describe the evolution of child protection legislation in the United States.
  • Describe the child welfare system in Pennsylvania.
  • Identify the components and categories of child abuse as defined by Pennsylvania law.
  • Describe the provisions and responsibilities for reporting suspected child abuse in Pennsylvania.
  • Recognize the indicators of child abuse.
Frank P. Cervone, JD, MA, has been the executive director of the Support Center for Child Advocates – the oldest and largest U.S. program dedicated to providing free legal and social services for abused and neglected children – since 1992. He served on the Board of the Children’s Trust Fund of Pennsylvania for ten years, and has been a member of the Board of Directors for the Philadelphia Children’s Alliance since 1992. From 1998 to 2011, Mr. Cervone was a member of the American Bar Association Section of Litigation Children’s Rights Litigation Committee Working Group. He received a master’s degree in theology and ministry from La Salle University and a juris doctor degree from Villanova University School of Law. He has authored scholarly publications as well as articles in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia newspapers concerning the rights and protection of children and youth. Mr. Cervone has received many awards in recognition of his legal expertise and public service.

Meghan E. Johnson, MPH, is the project manager of the Center for Excellence in Advocacy at the Support Center for Child Advocates in Philadelphia. In this capacity, she develops, coordinates, and delivers advanced training programs to victim service providers and legal professionals throughout Pennsylvania. Previously she served as a program coordinator for the New Jersey chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, where her work involved developing, coordinating, and delivering training programs focused on evidence-based practices for evaluating and reporting suspected child abuse and neglect cases for pediatric healthcare providers, medical residents, emergency medical technicians, school nurses, and early intervention providers. Ms. Johnson received her bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Notre Dame, with a minor in public policy through the University’s Hesburgh Program in Public Service. She received her master’s degree in public health from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

Robert Esgro, JD, RPh, is an attorney and registered pharmacist in Villanova, Pennsylvania. He concentrates his law practice in matters involving healthcare. Many of his cases directly assist pharmacists, nurses, and physicians with licensing issues and business ventures. In addition, he has represented large healthcare firms in their efforts to improve patient safety and reduce risk. Prior to practicing law full time, Mr. Esgro was a pharmacist-in-charge for a large retail pharmacy organization and worked in the pharmaceutical industry. He still practices pharmacy as a relief pharmacist in an independent pharmacy.

  • Courses must be completed within one (1) year of the date of purchase or by the expiration date indicated above, whichever date comes first.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that the course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools’ policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.
  • There are no prerequisites for this course.