The State of Pennsylvania Child Protection Policies

Summary of Requirements New PA Child Protection Policy

Extensive Background Checks: Effective December 31, 2014, Pennsylvania law states that all Pennsylvania employers are required to obtain, for all employees and volunteers 14 years-old and older working in direct contact with children and/or youth, extensive Criminal Background checks both before hire and every 36 months after that. The following steps are required for compliance:

Criminal History Record obtained from the PA State Police

Complete Online:

Child Welfare Portal:

Online training can be done at either OR

Helpful Information for Volunteers: Volunteer Information

Additional Information: For more information, the Frequently Asked Questions on Keep Kids Safe PA can be helpful.