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Tweaking Child Abuse Reporting



Proposals approved by the House and Senate define mandated reporters of child abuse in Pennsylvania and that reports be made to law enforcement or the Department of Public Welfare, going beyond institutional practice. Child advocates wanted to make sure that future reports aren't made just within the institution involved, based on lessons learned from the Jerry Sandusky child molestation case. Senator Kim Ward of Westmoreland County sponsored one of the bills. The bill defines professions like the health-related fields, clergy and schools, that are to report suspected abuse. A House measure sets up penalties for those who fail to report.

 

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Locations : PennsylvaniaWestmoreland County
People : Kim Ward