Keeping Kids Safe
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Keeping Kids Safe: As an organization we strive to take every possible step to keep young people safe. We thank you for your cooperation as we work to be in full compliance with all local, state, and federal laws as well as to comply with the internal policies of the Rotary International, the Department of State, and ESSEX. Should you have any questions regarding our policies or procedures, please contact the District Solicitor or District Governor.
Rotary Youth Exchange in District 7330 is operated through the ESSEX partnership. Information regarding clearances for those involved with Youth Exchange will be provided directly to applicants as part of the application process.
Interact programs may also have requirements set by the school or institution where the program takes place.
ALL OTHER YOUTH PROGRAMS
PA Act 153 of 2014, and replacement PA Act 15 of 2015, require youth serving organizations to collect and maintain clearances, which must be updated every 57 months. Rotary Clubs within the State of Pennsylvania who provide any programming for participants under the age of 18 are required to keep appropriate records, and copies of clearances.
- Criminal History (Pennsylvania State Police): https://epatch.state.pa.us
- Child Abuse Clearance (Dept. of Human Services): https://www.compass.state.pa.us/cwis/public/home
- FBI Federal Criminal History Clearance (Volunteers with less than 10 years continuous residency in PA) https://pa-aps.3m.com/perlpub/registration_welfare_pci.pl
- OR Affidavit of Residency (Volunteers having held continuous residency for 10+ years)
ADDITIONAL TRAINING: “Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse”
- The University of Pittsburgh along with the PA Department of Human Services offers FREE online training titled: “Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse.“
- This course is approved for 3 continuing education credits and has been approved by the PA Department of Human Services and Department of State to meet mandated reporting (Act 31) license requirements. All other licensing-related questions should be referred to your respective Board(s).
- This training is not required for volunteers under current state law, however volunteers may find this training to be useful in their work with minors.