THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
INTRODUCED BY VANCE, BROWNE, BAKER, BOSCOLA, ERICKSON, GREENLEAF, RAFFERTY, WASHINGTON AND FARNESE, DECEMBER 14, 2009
REFERRED TO AGING AND YOUTH, DECEMBER 14, 2009
Amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), entitled "An
act relating to the public school system, including certain
provisions applicable as well to private and parochial
schools; amending, revising, consolidating and changing the
laws relating thereto," providing for child abuse recognition
and reporting training.
The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
hereby enacts as follows:
Section 1. The act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known
as the Public School Code of 1949, is amended by adding a
section to read:
Section 1205.6. Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting
Training Program.--(a) The Department of Public Welfare, in
consultation with the Department of Education, shall establish a
child abuse recognition and reporting program.
(b) Pursuant to 23 Pa.C.S. Ch. 63 (relating to child
protective services), the Department of Public Welfare shall:
(1) Administer the program to mandated reporters employed by
or under contract with a school entity.
(2) Include training in child abuse recognition and
(c) Individuals required to take the course under subsection
(b) shall complete a minimum of three (3) hours of training
every five (5) years.
(d) Professional educators who complete the training
required in this section shall receive credit towards the
continuing professional education requirements under section
(e) Definitions.--As used in this section, the following
words and phrases shall have the meanings given to them in this
subsection unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:
"Professional educator" shall mean the same as that term is
defined in section 1205.2(o).
"School entity" shall mean a school district, intermediate
unit, joint school district, area vocational-technical school,
charter school and private school.
Section 2. This act shall take effect in 180 days.