Pennsylvania Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting, 2nd Edition - N1827


About Course #N1827

Release Date: May 22, 2017

Expiration Date: May 22, 2020

This course offers an overview of the historically evolving role of mandated reporters and a description of child welfare services in Pennsylvania. It provides nurses 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. Human trafficking is also addressed, including child labor trafficking and sex trafficking, and the risk factors and warning signs for both. The course provides nurses 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 nurses complete 2 hours of Board-approved continuing education in child abuse recognition and reporting requirements as a condition of their license renewal.

Pennsylvania - Pre-approved by the PA Dept. of Public Welfare and the PA Dept. of Professional and Occupational Affairs to fulfill the 2 hour child abuse recognition and reporting CE requirement.

NOTE: 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.

About the Author(s)

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 10 years, and has been a member of the Board of Directors for the Philadelphia Children's Alliance since 1992.

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.

Erin E. Coltrera, LSW, MSSP, is the project manager of Project PROTECT (Philadelphia Response and Outreach To End Child Trafficking) at the Support Center for Child Advocates in Philadelphia. Ms. Coltrera received her bachelor's degree in accounting from Washington and Lee University. She received a master's degree in social work and a master of science in social policy from the University of Pennsylvania, where she received the Carol Wilson-Spigner Award for Social Policy Excellence.

Course Disclosures

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • 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.
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