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Child abuse recognition bill passes Pa. House - abc27 WHTM

Child abuse recognition bill passes Pa. House

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives has approved legislation to help operators and employees of regulated child care facilities to recognize and report child abuse.

House Bill 431 would require professional licensees who are mandated reporters of child abuse to undergo child abuse recognition and reporting training as a condition of licensing and certification.

The bill would require two hours of training every two years, in sequence with license renewals.

A second measure, House Bill 432, would require child day care facility operators and employees who come in contact with children to receive three hours of child abuse recognition and reporting training every five years.

Both bills would require training to be obtained from a provider approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare.

The bills now move to the state Senate for consideration.

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