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Safe Environment Requirements


The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's leadership has been hard at work making changes to the Child Protective Services Law.  Some of these changes have included expanding the definition of child abuse, updating the mandated reporting laws, requiring clearances for all employees and volunteers who come into contact with children, and changing the time frame for which clearances are valid. As of December 31, 2014, these laws were put into effect.

Here at Sacred Heart Church we are in the process of acquiring all necessary clearances needed by our volunteers.  These clearances are needed for everyone in the parish, 14 and over who have ANY contact with children, (visual included).  This includes all clergy, as well as all parish and school employees.  Volunteers who have any possible contact with children must also obtain background checks this includes if you help with the following: prep, cyo, boy scouts, cub scouts, Holy Cross volunteers, and lambs of the Lord.  

Required Background Checks


PA State Police Criminal Record Check

  • It is free to all volunteers  
  • Must be updated every 3 years. 
  • This background check can be obtained online.  
  • Please go to this website, PA State Police Criminal Record Check, to obtain your clearance immediately online.

PA Department of Public Welfare Child Abuse Clearance Check

  • This clearance is free to all volunteers 
  • This clearance must be updated every 3 years.  
  • Applicants will receive their results more quickly if they submit via online
  • Print out their results and attach a copy of the results to the PA State Police Crminal Record Check
  • Please go to this website, PA Child Abuse Clearance Check.  
  • Please note that this website takes you into a Child Welfare Portal.  If you have never logged in before, you'll need to create an "Individual Login".  It will then re-direct you to login with your new login information.

Of the Following two only one applies to you: (Must be updated every 3 years)

Federal Bureau of Investigation Fingerprint Clearance

As of April, 2007, the state of PA requires all new school employees to have a Federal background check. For those who have lived in PA less than 10 years you can read this letter and then go to this website - Fingerprint Clearance

Disclosure Statement

For those who have lived in PA continuously for 10 years please print and sign this
Disclosure Statement

Archdiocesan Safe Environment Training (Link)

Safe Environment Part I: Protecting God's Children (Classroom Component)
This child abuse and prevention class is offered throughout the archdiocese.  It is a One-time, no-fee, 3-hr training session held at parishes throughout the archdiocese.  To find the next available parish location follow this link - Virtusonline

Safe Environment Part II: Mandated Reporter (Online Ccomponent)
Please read this Brochure and sign and return the acknowledgement form: Brochure and Form. For more information on this click here.  This is one-time only, no fee.

Review of the Technology Addendum

The Technology Addendum addresses the use of technology when serving children in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. This addendum became policy on July 1, 2011 and is now a part of our Safe Environment training. If you took the training previous to 7/2011: Please Click Here and complete the review, you can either email the results or send it in by mail.  This is one-time only and only if you took the Safe Environment training before July 1, 2011, otherwise this is already contained in the current training.