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: https://epatch.state.pa.us/Home.jsp

Child Welfare Portal: https://www.compass.state.pa.us/cwis/public/home

Online training can be done at either https://www.reportabusepa.pitt.edu OR   http://www.pa-fsa.org/mandated_reporters/about_mandated_reporters.aspx

Helpful Information for Volunteers: Volunteer Information

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