In 2014, the Pennsylvania Legislature enacted sweeping changes to the Child Protective Services Law (“CPSL”), including but not limited to expansion of mandated reporters, expansion of individuals subject to required background clearances from the Pennsylvania State Police, Department of Human Services and the FBI, expansion of the frequency of the required background clearances and imposition of significant criminal penalties for noncompliance with CPSL requirements. The CPSL was further amended on July 1, 2015 with the enactment of Act 15.  The following Compliance Notification is intended to provide general guidance and related information to facilitate good faith compliance with the CPSL, as amended.

If you have any questions, please contact the Conference Office at 717-766-7441
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Safe Sanctuaries Online Training

Procedures for Pastor Clearances
Procedures for Employee Clearances
Procedures for Volunteer Clearances

Pa State Police Criminal History Report

Pa Department of Human Services Certification
FBI Criminal History Report

Volunteer Affidavit

Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Certification (Form CY 113)

Report of Suspected Child Abuse (Form CY 47)

Safe Sanctuaries Trainings in the Conference
Click above for the list of currently scheduled trainings. To hold a training in your church, please use one of our certified Safe Sanctuaries trainers. A list of trainers is available through your district office or by emaiing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Only trainings led by certified trainers will be counted as official.

All clergy, all church employees, plus all volunteers who work with children, youth or vulnerable adults in your congregation or in ministries that meet in your building need such a training or need to complete the online training every 60 months (5 years.)


Susquehanna Conference Safe Sanctuaries Policies
Screening, Recruiting and Selecting  Procedures
Cyber Safety/Electronic Communication Recommendations
Responding To and Reporting Abuse
Safe Sanctuaries Resources

Sample Documents
Employment Application
Facilities Use Agreement
Volunteer Application