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Guidance: Search and Seizure in Child Serving Programs
March 4, 2014

The Office of Children, Youth and Families has issued Bulletin 3800-14-01 clarifying Department of Public Welfare policy regarding the extent of permissible searches of children and youth by the staff of child residential and day treatment facilities. While this bulletin relates to programs licensed under Pennsylvania Code Title 55, Chapter 3800, the document provides legal references for searches in a variety of settings, types of searches, and best practice considerations. The information in this bulletin may be useful in the development or revision of agency policy, procedures, and staff training in numerous service settings for children and adolescents.

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