A measure introduced by Senator Randy Vulakovich intended to improve the Commonwealth’s ability to respond to suspected child abuse cases is headed to the Governor for his signature and enactment into law. The Senate unanimously concurred today on House amendments to Senate Bill 24.
The bill, which is a component of the Senate Child Protection package, would establish a statewide database for protective services. The database will include reports of child abuse and children in need of general protective services. Reports include information relating to the subject of the report, the nature of the occurrence, information on the family, services provided, legal actions initiated, and other details required by the Department of Public Welfare.
“This database will provide a clearing house that will allow various agencies to provide and share information,’ said Senator Vulakovich. “These agencies will be able to more easily access information that may be currently missed when reviewing reports of suspected abuses cases. This will benefit law enforcement and social agencies and, especially, the children at risk for abuse.”