Child Protection Clearances

According to the PA Child Protective Services Law (CPSL) certain individuals must obtain clearances in order to be employed, be a resource parent (foster or adoptive), or be a volunteer with children. Adults applying for or holding an unpaid position as a volunteer with a child care service, school, program, activity, or service responsible for a child’s welfare or having direct volunteer contact with children will need completed clearances before beginning their program. For this reason, please apply for your clearances as soon as you accept a position.

The information listed here is also appropriate for undergraduate students who plan to participate in a research lab where they will have contact with children.

More information about clearances can be found by visiting any of the below links:

Keep Kids Safe
Clearnaces Q&A
Mandated Reporter Training
Get a Clearance
Applying for Child Protection Clearances,
University of Pittsburgh Office of Human Resources

Some or all of the following clearances will be required before the intern/volunteer begins work: 

  • Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record
    • Immediately processed if applied online, 4+ weeks if applied on paper.
  • Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance
    • Results processed within 2 weeks.  
  • FBI Criminal History Background Check
    • Results processed within 2-4 weeks.

Obtain Your Clearances: