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CPSL Information and Resources
December 10, 2014

The Key Site
An ideal resource for all things related to the Child Protective Services Law (CPSL) is KeepKidsSafe.pa.gov. This website is designed to serve as the hub for information related to critical components impacting child protection, including a link for mandated reporters to file, training on child abuse recognition/reporting, clearances, and general information.

Clearances
Beginning December 31, the Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance can be submitted and paid for online through the Child Welfare Information Solution self-service portal, which allows individuals to receive their results through an automated system. The portal also enables organizations to create business accounts to prepay for child abuse clearances. More information about electronic submission and obtaining the Pennsylvania State Police criminal record check or Federal Bureau of Investigation criminal background check is available here.

Training
The Department of Human Services has collaborated with the University of Pittsburgh’s Child Welfare Resource Center to develop a free, web-based training for mandated and permissive reporters, approved in accordance with Act 126 of 2012 and Act 31 of 2014. Additional trainings offered by various organizations, which have been approved in accordance with Act 31 of 2014, can be found here. This information will be updated periodically as additional trainings are approved.

More Information and Background
On December 3, the RCPA Children’s Committee hosted a presentation by the Office of Children, Youth and Families (OCYF) on CPSL clearances, training, and mandated reporting for community providers. A recording of that presentation, as well as the PowerPoint by OCYF, is available from the RCPA website  “Members Only” section. RCPA will be working with OCYF to identify and address provider questions and concerns regarding child abuse definitions, mandated reporting, clearances, training, etc. Questions can be sent to Connell O’Brien.

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