State Laws on Background Checks - Pennsylvania
New Pennsylvania State Mandated Background Checks:
In addition to the annual Little League mandatory background checks for all volunteers, the Pennsylvania State Legislature has a law that all persons having repetitive
contact with children have the following clearances, criminal history from the Pennsylvania State Police and Child Abuse History Clearance from the Department of Human Services.
Additionally, a fingerprint based federal criminal history (FBI) submitted through the Pennsylvania State Police or its authorized agent is required if the position the volunteer is applying
for is a paid position; and the volunteer has lived outside the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in the last 10 years.
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania recently passed a state law known as the Child Protective Services Law. The intent of this law is to protect the youth of Pennsylvania. All youth serving organizations within the Commonwealth are covered under this new law. Volunteers in all District 22 Leagues are required to provide background check clearances. Please review this information and take the required action.
Who is required to comply with the new Pennsylvania law?
All adults who have care, supervision, contact with children or routine interaction with children must have proper clearances. All registered Coaches and Assistant Coaches (all seasons), Team Parents, Umpires, Board Members and all other direct-contact volunteers must have proper clearances.
Pennsylvania State Mandated Background Checks:
- Click here for a fact sheet concerning the new law.
- Link for Pennsylvania Access To Criminal History - https://epatch.state.pa.us/
- Link for Child Welfare Portal - https://www.compass.state.pa.us/cwis/public/home
- Link for Federal Criminal History Background Checks - https://www.pa.cogentid.com/index_pdeNew.htm
- Click here for Background Check signature form.