Volunteer Background Clearances

In accordance with the new Pennsylvania State Laws, all Lenfest Center volunteers ages 18 and older must obtain background clearances. Please complete these clearances and bring them to your volunteer orientation.

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

1) Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Check (Free for volunteers)

Applicants can also go to the Pennsylvania Access To Criminal History website and apply for their criminal record check online with the Pennsylvania State Police at: https://epatch.state.pa.us/Home.jsp Click “New Record Check” Volunteers Only

If you have questions about the Pennsylvania State Police Request for Criminal Record Checks form (SP4 164), please call: (717) 783-9973 or toll free 1-888-783-7972.

2) ChildLine (Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance through the Department of Human Services) (Free for volunteers)

Child Abuse History Clearance Online:  https://www.compass.state.pa.us/CWIS

Creating an account and submitting your clearance application online will give you immediate access to your results or the status of your results if your results cannot be processed immediately.

3) Signed disclaimer affirming no charges in other states that would prohibit selection as a volunteer. (Free)

Download the DHS disclosure statement template for adult volunteers who have lived in PA for the past 10 years.

 

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 (Free for volunteers)

Applicants can also go to the Pennsylvania Access To Criminal History website and apply for their criminal record check online with the Pennsylvania State Police at: https://epatch.state.pa.us/Home.jsp Click “New Record Check” Volunteers Only

If you have questions about the Pennsylvania State Police Request for Criminal Record Checks form (SP4 164), please call: (717) 783-9973 or toll free 1-888-783-7972.

2) ChildLine (Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance through the Department of Human Services) (Free for volunteers)

Child Abuse History Clearance Online:  https://www.compass.state.pa.us/CWIS

Creating an account and submitting your clearance application online will give you immediate access to your results or the status of your results if your results cannot be processed immediately.

3) FBI Criminal Background Check (fingerprint check) for federal criminal history records ($27.50)

The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services is utilizing Cogent Systems to process fingerprint-based FBI criminal background checks. The fingerprint based background check is a multiple step process. For more information and to begin the registration process, go to https://www.pa.cogentid.com/index_dpw.htm For question about your FBI Clearance, please contact the FBI/Adam Walsh Unit at 717-783-6211 or 1-877-371-5422.

 

Visit the PA Department of Human Services’ website related to these new laws—Keep Kids Safe PA: www.keepkidssafe.pa.gov/

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.