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49 Pa. Code § 49.56. Confidentiality—waived.

§ 49.56. Confidentiality—waived.

 To protect children from abuse, the reporting requirements of § §  49.52—49.54 (relating to suspected child abuse-mandated reporting requirements; photographs, medical tests and X-rays of child subject to report; and suspected death as a result of child abuse-mandated reporting requirement) take precedence over the provisions of any client confidentiality, ethical principle or professional standard that might otherwise apply.


   The provisions of this §  49.56 issued under section 6(2) of the Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors Act (63 P. S. §  1906(2)); and the Child Protective Services Act, 23 Pa.C.S. Chapter 63.


   The provisions of this §  49.56 adopted November 17, 2006, effective November 18, 2006, 36 Pa.B. 7022.

Cross References

   This section cited in 49 Pa. Code §  49.51 (relating to definitions relating to child abuse reporting requirements); and 49 Pa. Code §  49.79 (relating to mandatroy reporting).

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