STAA Clearance Policy
All managers and coaches. Pennsylvania has a new required background check. Our old background check is no longer valid. All managers and coaches must request their Criminal History (PATCH) clearance and Child Abuse Clearance. Once you receive the clearances you will be asked to bring the clearance print out to a meeting and we will record that the clearance. You will maintain control of your clearances so they can be used for other volunteer work. If you currently have the required documents and they are less than 36 months old you will need to have STAA record that information. Please see details and web addresses to request your clearances below. There is also a Volunteers FAQ and Disclosure Statement Application for Volunteers located in the 'Handouts' section
Pennsylvania new law regarding clearances needed to work with children.
As of 12/31/14, all organizations that have volunteers that work directly with children must obtain a specialized certification from the state. In order for your organization to be compliant, you must do the following by 7/1/15, for any volunteers who come in contact with children.
* State Police or Pennsylvania Access to Criminal History (PATCH) clearance.
* A Child Abuse Clearance issued by the Department of Public Welfare.
* Any volunteer that has not resided in PA within the last 10 years will need to obtain an additional clearance from the FBI, via a fingerprint check. The only option is to have the FBI clearance completed directly through the FBI.
For further details on HB 435 please see the file '2015 STAA Clearance Policy' in the handout section of this webpage