American Baptist Churches of Pennsylvania & Delaware
Employee & Volunteer Child Protection Information
There are changes for 2015 in the State of PA with new laws and regulations for paid staff/employees and volunteers working with children and teens. We have been and will continue to work with local authorities and Protect My Ministry (protectmyministry.com) to provide our churches with the needed up to date information to create the best possible screening policies and practices for your congregation.
If you would like more information, please contact Rev. Eric Kraihanzel at 610-410-5871 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEW PA HOUSE BILL 435 - Law Summary
The Criminal Background Certifications referred to in House Bill 435 - Effective January 1, 2015, any person who applies for a paid position, as defined in the Act and is 14 years of age or older, then they must submit to Employers the Certifications as stated in the Act. This same procedure will be required of volunteers eighteen years of age or older effective July 1, 2015.
This means - Future and current employees and volunteers will need to have:
1. State Wide Criminal Record Check - PATCH ($10)
2. Child Abuse Clearance Check with PA Child Welfare ($10)
3. Mandated Reporter Training (Not every 36 months but every 5 years)
Employees Only -
4. Federal Criminal History Report - FBI Finger Printing (must be submitted to PA State Police) ($27.50)
GOAL: Reduce your liability and the possibility of being found negligent in the hiring, retention and selection of employees and volunteers.
Volunteers for Children Act of 1998 signed by President Clinton - states that organizations can be held liable for crimes committed by volunteers; organizations working with children should be conducting background checks on staff and volunteers.
National Child Protection Act 2000 recommends background checks to any organization working with children (public or private).
IMPORTANT! - UNDER THE NEW LAW - PA HOUSE BILL 435 - An employer or individual who intentionally fails to require an applicant for employment or volunteer service to submit the required certifications commits a misdemeanor of the 3rd degree.