Spanish Mandated Reporter Training
(Harrisburg, PA) – PFSA Becomes first statewide training program to offer on-site/in-person training in Spanish for Mandated Reporters in Pennsylvania.
HARRISBURG, Pa. – Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance, the state leader in child protection, announces it is the first statewide organization to offer in-person training on recognizing and reporting child abuse by Spanish-speaking educators and bilingual training materials. In 2016, the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services awarded PFSA a multi-year contract to provide face-to-face training in child abuse recognition and reporting for mandated reporters – those professionals and some volunteers who are required under Pennsylvania law to report suspected abuse to ChildLine, the state’s 24/7 hotline. Now, those individuals can receive the Mandated Reporter Training (MRT) in the Spanish language.
“We are proud to be the first entity in Pennsylvania to offer our training services in Spanish for
child abuse recognition and reporting,” said Angela Liddle, president and CEO of PFSA. “Residents of Hispanic descent are the fastest-growing ethnic population in Pennsylvania. It is vitally important to offer training in child protection in their native language to ensure that children in their care are safe and that suspected abuse is reported accurately and in a timely and effective manner.”
Beginning on September 1, PFSA will offer on-site, in-person, as well as on-demand, online,
MRT sessions across the commonwealth. PFSA has qualified bilingual trainers who will present the material in Spanish.
In addition, organizational trainers through PFSA’s Train-the-Trainer Program for MRT can begin
using the Spanish version of the training materials effective September 1. Organizations can use PFSA’s curriculum to train their own staff by contracting with PFSA through the Train-the-Trainer program.
“Non-profit groups, businesses, and community residents can take advantage of this Spanish
language-based training to reach underserved populations who need child protection resources,” noted Haven Evans, director of training for PFSA. “We stand ready to provide highly effective and proven strategies for child abuse prevention to Latinos in Pennsylvania.”
To learn more, schedule a training, or make a donation, please visit www.pa-fsa.org or call 800-448-4906. To report suspected child abuse, please call ChildLine at 800-932-0313.
Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance prevents child abuse and protects children from harm by
helping parents learn positive parenting techniques, educating professionals and volunteers who work with children to recognize and report child abuse, and helping community members learn how they can play a positive role in keeping children safe. To learn more about our programs, schedule a training, or make a donation, please visit www.pa-fsa.org, or call 800-448-4906.