PA Strengthens Child Abuse and Protection Laws

Jul 9, 2015

More than twenty new pieces of legislation relating to child abuse and neglect cases were recently enacted, and many took effect at the beginning of 2015.  Among the most significant changes in the law is an expansion of the list of individuals who are mandatory reporters of suspected instances of child abuse.  Another significant change is the requirement for adults who have direct contact with children through their employment or volunteer work to obtain child abuse clearances and criminal record checks.   Currently the legislature is considering additional legislation that will clarify the newly enacted laws. Activities involving children such as nature walks, craft hours and the swimming pool may be impacted by these new laws.

Board members and managers call may wish to consult legal counsel to discuss what steps should be taken to comply with the law.

For more information on Pennsylvania child abuse laws and the recent changes, visit: http://www.keepkidssafe.pa.gov/.

Submitted by:
Stefan Richter, Esq. CCAL
Clemons, Richter & Reiss, P.C.
215.348.1776
srichter@clemonslaw.com



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