Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting Training
    All school employees who have direct contact with children are required to obtain training in child abuse recognition and reporting.  Free, web-based training that is approved in accordance with Act 126 of 2012 and Act 31 of 2104 can be found at the University of Pittsburgh’s Child Welfare Resource Center at:  http://www.reportabusepa.pitt.edu

    Act 34 (PA State Police Criminal History Record Check)

    There are two methods of requesting a Criminal Record.


    The Pennsylvania State Police have established a web-based computer application called “Pennsylvania Access To Criminal History,” (PATCH). Applicants can apply for their criminal record check online with the Pennsylvania State Police at: https://epatch.state.pa.us/Home.jsp



    Download the Criminal History Request Form - SP4-164 (Updated 7/2015)


    Download the Criminal History Request Form: Volunteer Only- SP4-164A (Updated 7/2015)


    Act 151 (PA Child Abuse History Clearance)

    There are two methods of requesting a Child Abuse History Clearance.


    The Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance application can be submitted online. Once you enter the link below you will be directed to the Child Welfare Portal where you must create an account (or log in if you already have an account). Note: you will need an email address to create an account.

    Child Abuse History Clearance Online: https://www.compass.state.pa.us/CWIS

    Creating an account and submitting your clearance application online will give you immediate access to your results or the status of your results if your results cannot be processed immediately.


    CY113 form - English Child Abuse Clearance

    CY113 form - Spanish Child Abuse Clearance

    Paper submissions of the Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance application will still be accepted for anyone who may not have access to the internet.  Submit paper applications to:

    The instructions for how to complete the Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance application are now included on the last page of the application and can be printed for easy reference when completing the application. Failure to comply with the instructions that are attached to the application will cause considerable delay in processing the results.

    Once the application is received in the ChildLine and Abuse Registry’s Verification Unit, the results of the Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance will be mailed to the applicant’s address that was noted on the application within 14 days from the date that the application is received in the ChildLine Verification Unit.

    Act 114 (FBI Criminal History Record)

    The Pennsylvania Department of Education utilizes Cogent Systems to process fingerprint based FBI criminal background checks for prospective employees of public and private schools. Under Act 114 of 2006, ALL prospective school employees, school contractors and student teachers are to use the Pennsylvania Department of Education system. This includes but is not limited to teachers, school administrators, substitute teachers, teaching Assistants, PIAA sports officials, school bus drivers, and student teachers. The fingerprint based background check is a multiple step process. Applicants may begin the process by registering online at: https://www.pa.cogentid.com/index.htm   IMPORTANT:  You must select the Department of Education option to register for a background check that is valid for school employment. 


    Acts 24 and 82 (Arrest/Conviction Report and Certification):

    Form PDE-6004 is required and can be found at:

    Act 168 of 2014

    The Sexual Misconduct/Abuse Disclosure Release is required and can be found at:

    Act 168 Form