2. Recognizing Indicators and Risk of Child Abuse and Neglect
Chapter 2 will focus on recognizing indicators and risk of child abuse and neglect. While interacting with children and families, knowing indicators will increase participants’ confidence in knowing when to make a report to the child abuse hotline. Ms. Jessica Merson, a current Department of Human Services worker in the state of Pennsylvania, will join the conversation to share some of her experiences regarding her efforts to ensure child safety, permanency, and well-being. This chapter contains an addendum covering Act 54 of 2018 updates, including mandatory notification of substance exposed infants by health care providers and creation of a plan of safe care.