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State Launches Child Protection Information System
January 8, 2015

The state Department of Human Services (DHS) announced Wednesday the launch of the Child Protection Information System (CWIS). CWIS is a key piece of Pennsylvania's efforts to improve child abuse and neglect laws in the wake of the 2011 child sex abuse scandals. The online database, outlined in Act 29 of 2014, collects abuse and neglect reports from county children and youth agencies across the state to help close information gaps “throughout the life of a case.” “I am very proud of the major step forward we are taking today on behalf of children,” said DHS Secretary Bev Mackereth in a statement released Wednesday. “We have critical statewide child welfare information from each county now available at the state level. County caseworkers will have access to data through this system that will arm them with information to assist in efforts to better protect children.”

Mandated Reporters can also use CWIS to electronically submit suspected abuse and neglect cases to ChildLine. Individuals seeking child abuse clearances can use the system to submit applications. DHS reports 600,000 clearances were administered through ChildLine last year. “Protecting Pennsylvania’s children from abuse and neglect is a shared responsibility. It requires collaboration from the formal child protective services system, community partners, and our citizens to provide local safety nets for children and families that are facing challenges within our communities and neighborhoods.” For more information, visit the official website.

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