Background Checks – ALL VOLUNTEERS (INCLUDING HIGH SCHOOL VOLUNTEERS) NEED THESE!!!
The Pennsylvania General Assembly once again amended the Child Protective Services Law (Act 153) in July of 2015 through what is known as Act 15 of 2015. Significant changes to the background check requirements have been made, and the highlights to the law are summarized in this document below.
Act 15 defines direct volunteer contact as the care, supervision, guidance, or control of children and routine interaction with children. Routine interaction is defined as regular and repeated contact that is integral to a person’s employment or volunteer responsibilities.
- All Pennsylvania background checks are now valid for a five (5) year period.
- All fees associated with background checks have been waived with the exception of the Act 114 Federal Criminal Background Check for those who do not qualify for the waiver. Although Act 15 does provide a few exemptions within the law, the KAPRB will be requiring background clearances from all volunteers who are supervising children in an effort to ensure the health, welfare, and safety of all particpants.
- If a volunteer has continuously resided in Pennsylvania for 10 years AND swears in writing that he or she has never been convicted of a disqualifying crime in Pennsylvania or the corresponding offenses under the laws of any other jurisdiction, they only need to secure the Department of Public Welfare Child Abuse Clearance (Act 151) and the Pennsylvania Criminal History Check (Act 34); the Federal Clearance (Act 114) is not needed.
Volunteers may obtain these clearnaces by applying onlie at the follwoing websites:
Act 34 PA State Criminal Record Check
Act 114 Federal Criminal Background Check –(Fee $21.35 ) Use Service Code 1KG6XN
Act 151 Child Abuse History(Must create new account to complete online)
Fingerprinting Sites in Chester County
For more information about the Pennsylvania Background Check Requirements, visit: http://keepkidssafe.pa.gov