OCDEL Releases Protocols on Reportable Incidents for Early Intervention Programs
The Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) has established the procedures for infant and toddler programs to report any incidence of suspected child abuse by an early intervention (EI) provider who works with infants and toddlers. The announcement also includes the Child Protective Services Law (CPSL) definition of child abuse and the process mandated reporters must follow to report any incident of suspected child abuse.
As CPSL regulations require, all providers within the EI system are mandated reporters. Mandated reporters must report suspected child abuse, including neglect and exploitation, to ChildLine, Pennsylvania’s Statewide Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-932-0313 or through the Child Welfare Portal.
The guidance includes an overview of the process and standards as well as the following reportable incident forms:
- Reportable Incidents Announcement EI-21-1
- Reportable Incidents Form Fillable EI-21-1 PDF
- Reportable Incidents Form EI-21-1 Word Document
If you have any questions, please contact RCPA Children’s Division Director Jim Sharp.