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Teachers as Mandated Reporters

Pennsylvania law requires teachers and school employees to notify child protective services with any reasonable suspicions that a child is being hurt or is hurting him/herself or others in any way. Because you will be in contact with children, you have responsibilities to protect them.  If abuse is suspected, you should notify the mentor teacher and field instructor, but not take matters into your own hands. This idea is repeated below in the language of Penn State’s official statement:

All professionals in Pennsylvania who work with children are legally obligated to report suspected child abuse, including physical, verbal, sexual, or neglect.  If you suspect abuse of a child in your placement site, as soon as possible, objectively write down what you saw and/or heard.  Immediately contact your class instructor/supervisor to report your concern.  It is the instructor’s responsibility to report such suspicions to appropriate program administrators, who will follow district policy and procedures.