Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Adults Need No Training to Do What's Right

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Adults Need No Training to Do What's Right

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As head of the Child Advocacy Center at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC and a member of the Pennsylvania Task Force for Child Protection, I found the Feb. 11 editorial "Trouble Spotters: Pa.'s New Child-Abuse Reporters Need Training" problematic.

The editorial is wrong to suggest that all mandated reporters must undergo training and that there is only one training resource. There is no requirement that all mandated reporters have training. Only mandated reporters who have licenses to practice in Pennsylvania (e.g., nurses and social workers) are required to undergo training. There are multiple face-to-face and online trainings available to anyone who is willing to learn. Training resources can be found at www.keepkidssafe.pa.gov.

The Task Force for Child Protection was created to ensure that the state's child protection system focuses on children. Scaring volunteer soccer coaches and church volunteers about the possibility of a child being removed from a home or of receiving a subpoena dissuades well-meaning people from doing what's right: protecting children in danger. …

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