Effective January 1, 1986, all Pennsylvania residents must submit with their employment application a copy of a report of "Criminal History Record Information" from the Pennsylvania State Police or a statement from the Pennsylvania State Police that the State Police central repository contains no such information. Out-of-State applicants must submit with their application for employment a copy of a federal criminal record report from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The criminal record report must be no more than one (1) year old and upon hiring, the applicant must submit the original report. Click on the link below to access the Act 34 Criminal History application website.
Act 31 Requirement - Mandated Child Abuse Training
Please click on the link below to access the University of Pittsburgh's free web-training for Act 31 Mandated Child Abuse Training for school employees.
Act 168 Requirement
A school entity or an
independent contractor (collectively referred to herein as “hiring entity”) may
not hire any applicant for a position in which the employee will have direct
contact with children until the school entity has complied with the employment
history review process delineated in Act 168. (24 P.S. § 1-111.1).
A hiring entity must
require an applicant for any position in which there is direct contact with
children to complete Section 1 of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Sexual
Misconduct/Abuse Disclosure Release form for all employers that fall within the
(1). The applicant’s current
employer (regardless of whether the employer was a school entity and/or
where the applicant had direct contact with children);
(2). All former employers of the
applicant that were school entities; and
(3). All former employers where
the applicant was employed in a position where he or she had direct contact
Note that the applicant must
fill out a separate Sexual Misconduct/Abuse Disclosure Release form for each
employer that falls within the above-listed categories. The applicant is not
required, however, to disclose current or previous volunteer positions.
Under Act 168, the hiring entity is prohibited from hiring an applicant for a
position involving direct contact with children unless the applicant provides
the required information on the form and consent.
PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO ACCESS THE FORM:
Act 151 Requirement
Effective July 1, 1995, all Pennsylvania residents must submit with their employment application a copy of a report of "Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance" from the Pennsylvania Department of Welfare. The child abuse report must be no more than one (1) year old and upon hiring, the applicant must submit the original report.
FBI Federal Criminal History Records Requirement (Act 114)
Act 114 of 2006, Section 111 of the Public School Code was amended effective April 1, 2007. All student teachers (participating in classroom teaching, internships, clinical or field experience) and prospective employees (including but not limited to administrators, teachers, substitutes, janitors, cafeteria workers, office employees) of public and private schools, Intermediate Units and area vocational-technical schools, including independent contractors and their employees and bus drivers, who have direct contact with children, must provide to their employer a copy of their Federal Criminal History Record that cannot be more than one (1) year old.
Click on the link below for directions from the Pennsylvania Department of Education regarding the FBI clearance requirement, including changes effective December 1, 2008:
PLEASE BE SURE YOU SELECT THE "PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION" AND NOT THE "DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WELFARE" WHEN PROMPTED ON THE COGENT WEBSITE.