REGION PARKS & RECREATION BOARD
Centre Region Parks & Recreation Authority
of the CRPR Child Safety Policy
Background Checks, Child Abuse Clearances
& Awareness Traiing
for CRPR Staff and Volunteers.
This policy has been in effect since 01 Jun 2003.
The policy was officially amended on 8 Nov 2007 and on 18 Oct 2012.
For details, please refer to the full policy.
was this process implemented?
To help assure the safety of agency customers
under age 18. “Customers” are defined as CRPR program
participants or visitors to the facilities operated by the
agency. This process
is intended to supplement the practice that CRPR shall always
provide (as a minimum) “TWO-ADULT PROTECTION” for
CRPR youth recreation programs; i.e.,
at no time shall only one adult (age 18 & over) be present
with one or more children (under age 18).
positions are required to obtain the clearances?
A. CRPR Payroll
Staff (age 18 & over during their course of CRPR
(seasonal & year-round) full-time staff, part-time staff,
and interns involved with:
programs involving youth participants under age 18, or
operations (including aquatics staff).
B. Volunteers (age
18 & over during their course of CRPR service) assisting
with a CRPR-operated event that:
direct service to youth under age 18, and
held more than one day per year (not including any event planning meetings),
operated and/or conducted by CRPR staff.
positions are NOT required to obtain the clearances?
• Agency staff or volunteers who work with
agency customers age 18 and over.
• Parents of current registrants who volunteer to assist with youth program
operations or team supervision.
• Independent Contractors and their associates providing services to organized,
CRPR-operated programs (i.e., youth sport league officials).
• Participants and supervisors of state-funded job training programs (i.e.,
PA. Conservation Corps) shall be exempt from this policy as long as their eligibility
requirements include provisions for comparable background checks.
which clearances are required?
Proof of a Criminal Background Check by the PA. State Police
(Form #CY113, w/ $10 fee),
Proof of a Child Abuse Clearance from the PA. Dept. Of Public Welfare (Form #SB4-164,
(3) The agency obtains a National Criminal Background Review and Social Security Number Verification from ChoicePoint Inc. These checks are specifically authorized by the applicant as noted on the Application Form.
The two certificates from Items 1 & 2 (above),
along with a photocopy of the applicant's driver license,
must be presented to and approved by CRPR before working
or volunteering for the agency.
CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK
CHILD ABUSE CLEARANCE
here to visit the PA. State Police (PSP) website
for information about the "Criminal Background Check" process. |
to obtain the PA. Dept. of Public Welfare
"Child Abuse Clearance" form (PDF).
do I get started on the process?
You can obtain the two forms from the Internet
(see table above).
The forms are also available from the CRPR office. First do
STEP 1, and then do STEP 2 (in that order). You should expect
the clearances to take 30 days until you receive the results.
Payment must be submitted with each form to the state.
I know the results of the background checks?
Yes, the results
will be mailed directly to the applicants. You must then
provide a copy of each certificate to CRPR. Your employment
is contingent upon CRPR approval of those reports - combined with the results of the National Criminal Background Check and Social Security Number Verification obtained by the agency.
pays to obtain the clearances?
CRPR will reimburse or pay the fees associated
with the two background checks for the following staff & applicants:
and interns involved in program
operations for children under age 18. For volunteers, the
agency may withhold reimbursement until the completion of
the current program pending the assistance provided by the
Staff (full-time & part-time)
who are involved in program, park, and pool operations for
children under age 18 and employed for less
than 8 hours per week over the course of their service/employment
Staff (full-time & part-time)
employed by CRPR as of 31 May 2003. However, effective 01 Jun
2003, new hires as year-round staff (full-time & part-time)
will be required to furnish, at their expense, acceptable
clearance reports as a condition of employment.
for all other positions will
be required to submit the clearance requests with payment
directly to the state agencies and then furnish copies of
the reports to CRPR prior to the time of their paid or volunteer
The clearance reports must have been obtained
no more than one year from the date of the hiring consideration.
It should be noted that the completed reports may only be sent
to the applicant and not to CRPR. In this case, it is important
that copies be promptly provided to CRPR by the applicant.
will the reports impact my employment or volunteer application?
The agency shall
not engage an applicant or volunteer who would have direct
contact with children if:
applicant’s criminal history background check states
that the applicant has been convicted of a crime specified
in section 111(e) of the Public School Code of 1949 (see full
policy), or an equivalent Federal or out-of-State crime, within
5 years or less of the date of a criminal history background
applicant’s Child Abuse History Clearance indicates
anything other than “Applicant is not listed
in a report of child abuse or a report for a school employee.”
The agency shall
notify the applicant in writing if the decision not to employ
or engage the applicant is based in whole or in part on the
criminal history background check or the Child Abuse History
Clearance. If an applicant
believes that the information on which this decision was
based is erroneous, pertinent documentation should be provided
by the applicant and the agency will reconsider the matter.
Child Safety Training & Awareness for Staff
All year-round staff (full-time and part-time) must participate in annual Child Safety and Awareness Training. The Program Manager will
coordinate the research to determine the most effective training curriculum each year.
All applicable Seasonal Staff (full-time and part-time) are required to
participate in regular staff training which incorporates child safety training and awareness and the “Two-Adult Protection”
initiative. If available, online or contract specialty training is arranged for all seasonal staff working directly with children.
Training partnerships may include Darkness to Light, Centre County Children and Youth, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human
If you have any questions,
please contact a staff member of Centre
Region Parks & Recreation
by calling (814) 231-3071.
The full policy is also available