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Radio Smart Talk: Child protection task force makes recommendations

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Dec 13, 2012 9:07 AM

Radio Smart Talk for Thursday, December 13:

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The Pennsylvania Task Force on Child Protection has recommended toughening child sex abuse laws, redefining what child abuse is, and expanding the list of people who are required to report suspected abuse.

Delilah Rumberg, the Chief Executive Officer of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape and a member of the task force will be a guest on Thursday's Radio Smart Talk to discuss the changes that are recommended.

The Task Force was appointed after former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was accused of sexually molesting, abusing and assaulting ten young boys and teenagers last year  Sandusky was convicted on 45 counts last June and sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison.

Legislative action must be taken to implement the recommendations into law.

Also, Republican State Representative Mauree Gingrich of Lebanon County has proposed a bill that would require the Pennsylvania Department of Education to develop an age-appropriate curriculum to teach children how to recognize sexual abuse and to identify behaviors in adults that can lead to abuse.

Rep. Gingrich will be with us as well.

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Comments: 8

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2012-12-13 09:25

    E-mail from Nancy:

    "I am concerned about the unfunded mandates by our lawmakers. By and large, child welfare is the area of social work with the highest consequence of error and the lowest paid workers. It seems to me that the focus should be on attracting and training experienced social workers to address these issues rather than focusing on the language of the laws. The State needs to appropriate funds in order to attract highly qualified social workers to this work."

    • Delilah Rumburg img 2012-12-13 17:37

      I agree Nancy. Most of the changes to the CPSL that will improve the response and the care of children will not require major funding. Certainly, all mandated reporters will have to receive training once new rules/laws go into effect. The Task Force recognized that highly qualified and trained workers were a priority. If you read the report you will see that we recognized and recommended that keeping higly qualified workers in the field is vital, including those workers responsible for Childline. I am sorry that wasn't discussed during the interview.

  • JOESCHMOE img 2012-12-13 09:31

    In 2010 there was a case
    (www.philly.com/philly/news/homepage/20100520_Sex-abuse_case_shatters_Hershey_School.html?viewAll=y&c=y)
    similiar to the Sandusky case, locally in Dauphin Co. There were questions raised surrounding the investigation and how agencies and individuals failed in their responsibility to follow through on early reports about Charles Koons. Koons was convicted, but there was no media reports as to how the people and agencies responsible for acting on early reports about him were not acted upon. What was learned and what action was taken to prevent a reoccurence ??

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2012-12-13 09:42

    E-mail from Kelly:

    "Some adults I know are hesitant to step in between an adult and a parent when they see a parent stepping over the line when disciplining a child. Their concern is that the parent will get angrier and take it on the child later. How would you respond to this concern?"

    • Delilah Rumburg img 2012-12-13 17:38

      I agree Nancy. Most of the changes to the CPSL that will improve the response and the care of children will not require major funding. Certainly, all mandated reporters will have to receive training once new rules/laws go into effect. The Task Force recognized that highly qualified and trained workers were a priority. If you read the report you will see that we recognized and recommended that keeping higly qualified workers in the field is vital, including those workers responsible for Childline. I am sorry that wasn't discussed during the interview.

      • Delilah Rumburg img 2012-12-13 17:58

        Kelly,
        I think the best approach would be to try to distract the parent in a very friendly way by saying something like "it sure is tough to shop when the little guy is having a bad day"....or distract the child by saying something, "are you having a bad day; you don't like to shop?"You will just have to trust your instinct and see if there is some non-confrontational way to distract and let the parent catch their breath for a minute. If you are concerned that it could be dangerous for you to say anything, go to the store manger if you feel the situation is escalting and the child is being harmed. You could always call the police or security. Every situation is different but many times, all it takes at that time is a friendly smile and acknowledgement that shopping with children is tough. Trust your gut.

  • WS Citizen img 2012-12-13 10:16

    I would PLEASE like an answer from Delilah or one of her staff...I am a mandated reporter. The two times I've made reports they were not for ‘my group' of children but a neighbor and a co-worker. Both were “neglect” issues versus physical or sexual abuse. The neglect could VERY, VERY easily turn into physical harm for the children involved. I called Childline to report the neglect in Lancaster County and called CYS for the neglect in Cumberland County. NOTHING has happened. WHAT now? Why can't the responsible agencies take charge? I will keep calling but it appears to be a BROKEN system! HELP!

    • Delilah Rumburg img 2012-12-13 18:08

      You did the right thing by calling and reporting the neglect. Continue to call when you see something that concerns you regarding the treatment of the child. General Protective Services (GPS) handles neglect and the less serious situations. Children and Youth may actually be working with the family on parenting and counseling and you wouldn't know that. If you feel you need to do more, call and ask to speak to a supervisor at the county children and youth services office.

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