The Education Ministry Unit is aware of new state and federal laws that will affect organizations, such as ours, that have children and youth programs. We are going to be working on how best to handle and communicate these with our congregation over the next few months. In the meantime, we wanted to get word out to all of you who so graciously volunteer with our many programs, of the updated state law:
Beginning July 1, 2015, an adult (an individual 18 years of age and older) applying for an unpaid position as a volunteer for the welfare of a child/youth or having direct contact with children/youth will need the following clearances:
– Pennsylvania State Police Criminal History clearance
– Child Abuse History clearance
The FBI Criminal History clearance (fingerprinting) is not required for unpaid volunteers if they have been a continuous resident of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for the past 10 years and have signed a disclosure statement. If the volunteer has lived outside of Pennsylvania in the last 10 years, an FBI Criminal History clearance is required.
SCPC will no longer have different levels of volunteers, since all will need clearances.
Our church website, scpresby.org, has a page for Safeguarding Our Children with direct links to obtain clearances.