The discussion at Clergy Day was good, and many resources were shared between parishes. It was requested that we post the helpful links in a manner that makes them more accessible to individuals and parish groups. Below you will find some of these helpful links:
Information about Mandated Reporting and Procedures:
Visit the FAQs page on KeepKidsSafe.pa.gov
Training for Mandated Reporters:
Free, online training for individuals through the University of Pittsburgh
List of additional state-approved sources for Mandated Reporter Training
General Information for Child Abuse Reporting (including forms):
Links to Background Check Sites:
Criminal History Record Information from the PA State Police
Child Abuse Clearance from the Department of Human Services
Federal Criminal History Record Information (FBI Background Check)
We received wonderful feedback from Clergy Day attendees about what information has been helpful, and what clarifications are needed. We are working on updating our resources and will have additional information available for parishes as it is completed and reviewed.
If, at any time, you have any questions about mandated reporting, background checks, or any other Safe Church topics, please contact us directly. You can contact the Office of Youth Ministry by filling out this form.
All clergy who did not attend Wednesday's gathering are invited to register for the second spring Clergy Day, to be held at Trinity Church, Swarthmore on May 13th. We will have another discussion on this topic during the program. Learn more about Clergy Day and register here.
If your parish has a written policy that you would like to have reviewed, feel free to contact us. We will be gathering sample policies over the next few weeks to share with parishes upon request.
What continued questions do you have about these new PA state laws? In what ways can the Diocese support you in these endeavors? Tell us in the comments section below!