How to Get Your Child Abuse Clearances for St. Paul
ATTENTION ALL CHURCH VOLUNTEERS: July 1 is coming SOON!
The new Child Abuse deadlines applying to volunteers go into effect July 1. This means that we MUST, by law, have on file
- the Report of Criminal History from the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP),
- a Child Abuse History certification from the Department of Human Services, and
- either FBI clearance (for volunteers who have not resided in PA for 10 consecutive years) or must swear or affirm in writing that they are not disqualified from service based upon a conviction of an offense.
The first 2 clearances are free for volunteers. The FBI clearance costs $25.75 (please contact Dave Boyles if this cost is prohibitive for you).
This applies to you if you act in lieu of or on behalf of a parent, if you have direct volunteer contact with children by providing care, supervision, guidance or control of children and have routine interaction with them as part of your volunteer activity.
If you were approved as a volunteer before August 25, 2015 and your certifications are older than 60 months, you have until July 1, 2016 to obtain new ones. Certifications from volunteering at a different organization may be used. Currently valid certifications that are less than 60 months old may be used, but must be renewed at the 5 year mark, In either case, we MUST have a copy of your clearances and statement on file in the church office by July 1. Scheduled events and meetings may have to be cancelled if these clearances are not received.
You can read more about this policy by checking out the Department of Human Services and information is also available in St. Paul’s Safe Space for All God’s Children Policy which was approved by Council last fall.