§ 48.56. Confidentialitywaived.
To protect children from abuse, the reporting requirements of § § 48.5248.54 (relating to suspected child abusemandated reporting requirements; photographs of child subject to report; and suspected death as a result of child abusemandated reporting requirement) take precedence over the provisions of any client confidentiality, ethical principle or professional standard that might otherwise apply. In accordance with 23 Pa.C.S. § 6311.1 (relating to privileged communications), privileged communications between a mandated reporter and a patient/client does not apply to a situation involving child abuse and does not relieve the mandated reporter of the duty to make a report of suspected child abuse. Additionally, under 23 Pa.C.S. § 6313(e) (relating to reporting procedure), notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, a mandated reporter who makes a report of suspected child abuse does not violate the Mental Health Procedures Act (50 P.S. § § 71017503) by releasing information necessary to complete the report.
The provisions of this § 48.56 issued under section 6(2) of the Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors Act (63 P.S. § 1906(2)); and the Protective Services Law, 23 Pa.C.S. Chapter 63; amended under section 6(2) of the Social Workers, Marriage Family Therapists and Professional Counselors Act (63 P.S. § 1906(2)); and 23 Pa.C.S. § § 63016388.
The provisions of this § 48.56 adopted November 17, 2006, effective November 18, 2006, 36 Pa.B. 7022; amended March 18, 2022, effective March 19, 2022, 52 Pa.B. 1608. Immediately preceding text appears at serial page (352862).
This section cited in 49 Pa. Code § 48.79 (relating to mandatory reporting).
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