To view the Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania Safe Church Policy and Procedure Manual, click here. Please note that the current policy is under revision and will be updated soon.
Please also see the Model Policy for the Episcopal Church– Dioceses must adapt their policies to meet or exceed these requirements. Therefore this document can be used as a guide.
Background clearances are required before Safeguarding God’s Children Training and for anyone 18 years and older who are involved with and/or have oversight in children and youth ministries.
You will need the following clearances to be up to date (once every five years).
- Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance
- Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Check
- Federal Bureau of Investigation Criminal Background Check*
To obtain clearances, see the instructions below.
* If you are employed by the church or have not lived in the State of PA for 10 years, you will need an FBI check, fingerprinting needs pre-registration. If you are a volunteer and have lived in Pennsylvania for the past ten years, you must affirm a ten-year Pennsylvania residency by signing the Volunteer Affirmation sheet, click here.
How to Obtain Clearances
Obtain a Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance.
This can be done through the online portal or you can submit a paper form to:
ChildLine and Abuse Registry
Pennsylvania Department of Human Services
PO Box 8170
Harrisburg, PA 17105-8170
Keep in mind that as clergy and lay employees, you cannot register for clearances and background checks as a volunteer. You are considered an employee.
Obtain a Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Check.
This can be done through the online portal or you can submit a paper form for employees and clergy or paper form for volunteers to:
Pennsylvania State Police
Central Repository – 164
1800 Elmerton Avenue
Harrisburg, PA 17110-9758
Keep in mind that as clergy and lay employees, you cannot register for clearances and background checks as a volunteer.
Obtain an FBI Criminal Background Check.
Go to the IdentoGO website and enter the service code:
For clergy and lay employees: 1KG756
For vestry members and all other volunteers: 1KG6ZJ
You will then be able to schedule an appointment at a fingerprinting site near you, and learn what you’ll need to bring in order to facilitate processing.
Note for vestry members, volunteers, and other unpaid positions: If you are a continuous resident of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for the last 10 years, you may fill out this form in lieu of obtaining an FBI background check. (This does not include clergy or lay employees.)
For more information about obtaining child abuse clearances and state/FBI background checks, visit PA’s DHS website.
Keep documents on file in appropriate location.
Copies of your Child Abuse History Clearance, State Police Criminal Records Check, and FBI Criminal Background check must be stored in the diocesan office, as well as a secure location at your parish. You may email copies to email@example.com
Lay Employees, Vestry Members, and all others:
Copies of your Child Abuse History Clearance, State Police Criminal Records Check, and FBI Criminal Background check must be stored in a secure location at your parish. A print out of your transcript from Praesidium Academy should be provided to the parish as well.
If you have any questions or run into any issues, please contact Canon Micalagh Moritz: firstname.lastname@example.org
Canon for Children, Youth & Families/Safe Church Administrator