CLEARANCE PROCESS FOR VOLUNTEERS WORKING WITH CHILDREN
ALL volunteers age 18 and over who deal with children and youth are required to have clearances.
If a volunteer has been a Pennsylvania resident for at least 10 years, he or she must have both the State Police criminal background check (Act 34) and the Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance (Childline, Act 33). Effective July 25, 2016, no fee will be charged for volunteers to receive these two clearances.
If a volunteer has NOT been a PA resident for at least 10 years, they will also be required to obtain an FBI clearance. The cost of the FBI clearance is $27.50.
For complete up-to-date information on the laws, how to get clearances and other related information visit Pennsylvania's new Keep Kids Safe website at keepkidssafe.pa.gov
The only valid clearances are the PA State Police check, the PA Childline check (PA Child Abuse History) and the FBI clearance check. Christian Background Checks, Trak-1, and others do not meet the standards of the new law.
How to Obtain Clearances:
The Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance can be submitted and paid for online through the Child Welfare Information Solution (CWIS) self-service portal, compass.state.pa.us/cwis Submitting an application online allows individual applicants to receive their results through an automated system that will notify the applicant once their results have been processed. Applicants will be able to view and print their results online. The self-service portal also provides the ability for organizations to create business accounts to prepay for child abuse clearances and have online access to the results.
For more information about the electronic submission of child abuse clearances or for information on obtaining the Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Check or Federal Bureau of Investigation Criminal Background Check, go to dhs.pa.gov/publications/findaform/childabusehistoryclearanceforms/index.htm
Follow these three links to be in compliance:
State Police - https://epatch.state.pa.us/Home.jsp
FBI - https://www.identogo.com/ (FBI clearances are good for five years. Codes are needed. Get details on how to apply.)
Child Abuse - https://www.compass.state.pa.us/cwis/public/home
Mandated Reporting - (Please do this at your convenience).
The PA Department of Human Services’ Keep Kids Safe PA website has complete details, including a Q&A about mandated reporting of suspected child abuse.
To help train mandatory reporters, this flyer describes and provides a link to a FREE online three-hour course for mandatory reporters. Developed by University of Pittsburgh, the Department of Public Welfare, Office of Children, Youth and Families, the Pennsylvania Children and Youth Administrators, the course covers how to recognize and report suspected child abuse. Registration is required. Participants can then print out a certificate signifying their completion of the course.