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49 Pa. Code § 48.52. Suspected child abuse—mandated reporting requirements.

§ 48.52. Suspected child abuse—mandated reporting requirements.

 (a)  General rule. Under 23 Pa.C.S. §  6311 (relating to persons required to report suspected child abuse), licensed marriage and family therapists who, in the course of their employment, occupation or practice of their profession, come into contact with children shall report or cause a report to be made to the Department of Public Welfare and the appropriate county agency when they have reasonable cause to suspect on the basis of their professional or other training or experience, that a child coming before them in their professional or official capacity is a victim of child abuse.

 (b)  Staff members of public or private agencies, institutions and facilities. Licensed marriage and family therapists who are staff members of a medical or other public or private institution, school, facility or agency, and who, in the course of their employment, occupation or practice of their profession, come into contact with children shall immediately notify the person in charge of the institution, school, facility or agency or the designated agent of the person in charge when they have reasonable cause to suspect on the basis of their professional or other training or experience, that a child coming before them in their professional or official capacity is a victim of child abuse. Upon notification by the licensed marriage and family therapist, the person in charge or the designated agent shall assume the responsibility and have the legal obligation to report or cause a report to be made in accordance with subsections (a), (c) and (d).

 (c)  Reporting procedure. Reports of suspected child abuse shall be made by telephone and by written report.

   (1)  Oral reports. Oral reports of suspected child abuse shall be made immediately by telephone to ChildLine, (800) 932-0313.

   (2)  Written reports. Written reports shall be made to the appropriate county agency within 48 hours after the oral report is made by telephone and must contain, at a minimum, the information required by the Department of Public Welfare in 55 Pa. Code §  3490.18 (relating to filing of a written report by a required reporter).

Authority

   The provisions of this §  48.52 added under section 6(2) of the Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors Act (63 P.S. §  1906(2)); and the Protective Services, 23 Pa.C.S. Chapter 63.

Source

   The provisions of this §  48.52 adopted November 17, 2006, effective November 18, 2006, 36 Pa.B. 7022.

Cross References

   This section cited in 49 Pa. Code §  48.56 (relating to confidentiality—waived); 49 Pa. Code §  48.57 (relating to noncompliance); and 49 Pa. Code §  48.79 (relating to mandatory reporting).



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