New Mandated Reporter Requirements for Volunteers Working with Children (Effective Dec. 31, 2014)

Change to who is a mandated reporter, including: An individual paid or unpaid, who, on the basis of the individual’s role as an integral part of a regularly scheduled program, activity or service, accepts responsibility for a child:

  • Mandated Reporter: a person who is required to make a report of suspected child abuse.
  • Program, activity or service: a public or private educational, athletic or other pursuit in which children participate.

Program, activity or service includes, but is not limited to, the following:
  • • A youth camp or program;
  • • A recreational camp or program;
  • • A sports or athletic program;
  • • An outreach program;
  • • An enrichment program;
  • • A troop, club or similar organization.

Although Mandated Reporter Training is not required for volunteers under the changes, it is recommended.

Mandated Reporter Training Resources:

Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance

The Pennsylvania Child Welfare Center at the University of Pittsburgh

If you suspect child abuse or neglect, please call the PA Department of Human Services ChildLine to make a confidential report: at 1-800-932-0313. Visit the PA ChildLine and Abuse Registry Website for more information.

New Clearance Requirements for Adult Volunteers Working with Children (Effective July 1, 2015)

There are new clearance requirements for adult volunteers responsible for the welfare of a child or having direct contact with children. The new clearance requirements go into effect July 1, 2015. From House Bill 435, amending Title 23 (Domestic Relations) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, signed by Governor Tom Corbett on October 22, 2014. (Bill Summary)

The PA Department of Human Services will be creating a special web page to assist volunteers who meet the new clearance requirements. The new online clearance tools are scheduled to be available starting July 1, 2015.

For questions related to the new clearance requirements for volunteers or the Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance, please contact the DHS ChildLine Verification Unit at 717-783-6211 or 1-877-371-5422.

New clearance requirements if the volunteer has been a resident of PA continuously for the past 10 years:

1. Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Check ($10)
---Scheduled to be added to epatch online system by July 1, 2015
2. ChildLine (Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance through the Department of Human Services) ($10)
---Scheduled to go online by July 1, 2015
3. Signed disclaimer affirming no charges in other states that would prohibit selection as a volunteer

New clearance requirements if the volunteer has NOT been a resident of PA continuously for the past 10 years:

1. Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Check ($10)
---Scheduled to be added to epatch online system by July 1, 2015
2. ChildLine (Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance through the Department of Human Services) ($10)
---Scheduled to go online by July 1, 2015
3. FBI Criminal Background Check (fingerprint check) for federal criminal history records (Tentative $27.50 – it is anticipated that the fee for volunteers will likely be consistent with current DHS fees)
---Scheduled to be added to Cogent online registration/processing system by July 1, 2015

Downloadable PDF with FAQ and summary of new requirements for applicable volunteers:

Calculating the Value of Volunteer Time

According to Independent Sector, the estimated national value of volunteer time for 2013 is $22.55 per hour. For the state of Pennsylvania, the amount is $21.94 per hour.

Visit the Independent Sector Website for more information.