What child abuse records or criminal convictions constitute grounds for denying employment or volunteer service for individuals with direct contact with children?
Employment or volunteer service involving direct contact with children must be denied if the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services has verified that the individual is named in the statewide database as the perpetrator of a founded report of child abuse committed within the past five years, or if the Pennsylvania Police or FBI Criminal Record checks indicate that the individual has been convicted of one or more of the following offenses under Pennsylvania law or an offense similar in nature under federal law, the law of another state, or the law of any other foreign or domestic jurisdiction:
(1) An offense under one or more of the following provisions of Title 18 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes
- Chapter 25 (relating to criminal homicide)
- Section 2702 (relating to aggravated assault)
- Section 2709.1 (relating to stalking)
- Section 2901 (relating to kidnapping)
- Section 2902 (relating to unlawful restraint)
- Section 3121 (relating to rape)
- Section 3122.1 (relating to statutory sexual assault)
- Section 3123 (relating to involuntary deviate sexual intercourse)
- Section 3124.1 (relating to sexual assault)
- Section 3125 (relating to aggravated indecent assault)
- Section 3126 (relating to indecent assault)
- Section 3127 (relating to indecent exposure)
M. Section 4302 (relating to incest)
- Section 4303 (relating to concealing death of child)
- Section 4304 (relating to endangering welfare of children)
- Section 4305 (relating to dealing in infant children)
- A felony offense under section 5902(b) (relating to prostitution and related offenses)
- Section 5903(c) or (d) (relating to obscene and other sexual materials and performances)
- Section 6301(relating to corruption of minors)
- Section 6312 (relating to sexual abuse of children)
- The attempt, solicitation or conspiracy to commit any of the offenses set forth above
(2) A felony offense under the act of April 14, 1972 (P.L. 233, No. 64), known as “The Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act” (35 P.S. 780-101 et seq.) committed within the past five years
Must employees and volunteers who have direct contact with children report new arrests, convictions, or substantiated child abuse?
Yes. The law requires an employee or volunteer who has direct contact with children to provide written notice within 72 hours of any arrest or conviction that would constitute grounds for denying employment or participation in a program, activity, or service, or who is named as a perpetrator in a founded or indicated report of child abuse. A list of the offenses that would constitute grounds for reporting an arrest or a conviction is listed in the answer to the previous question. Any written reports should be submitted to Michelle R. Fullem, Director of Recruiting and Client Services, Office of Human Resources, University of Pittsburgh, 100 Craig Hall, 200 S. Craig Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15260.
Must students have child-protection clearances?
As a general rule, students do not need to obtain child-protection clearances. However, student volunteers and student employees who have direct contact with children are subject to the same child-protection clearance requirements as other volunteers and employees. Moreover, students who will have direct contact with children in connection with their academic program will be required to obtain child-protection clearances. Students should refer to their school or departmental requirements, usually found in the school’s student handbook.
Where can I get more information on protecting children from abuse?
Such information is posted on the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services' Keep Kids Safe site and on the Pitt School of Social Work's Pennsylvania Child Welfare Resource Center site. Questions about University child protection processes and procedures should be directed to your responsibility center’s administrator or to the Office of Human Resources. Also, a University committee will review and revise policies and procedures consistent with the requirements of Pennsylvania’s new child protection law and evolving best practices.