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Pennsylvania Child Abuse Laws

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Code Section 23§6303, et seq.
What Constitutes Abuse Act which causes nonaccidental serious physical injury, sexual abuse/exploitation, serious physical neglect constituting prolonged or repeated lack of supervision or failure to provide essentials of life
Mandatory Reporting Required By Physician, coroner, dentist, chiropractor, hospital personnel, Christian Science practitioner, clergy, school teacher/nurse/administrator, social services worker, day care or child center worker, mental health professional, peace officer, law enforcement official, funeral director, foster care worker
Basis of Report of Abuse/neglect Reasonable cause to suspect (within their respective training) that child is abused
To Whom Reported Department of Public Welfare of the Commonwealth
Penalty for Failure to Report or False Reporting Summary offense for 1st violation; misdemeanor in 3rd degree for 2nd and subsequent offenses

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