The state of Pennsylvania has changed the law pertaining to background checks on those working with youth. As that is the case, all persons working with our youth in any capacity, must complete the following back ground checks. Please note that these checks are required regardless of whether or not your pre-existing PA West clearance is up to date.
Please see the notice below from PA West regarding this issue. It contains the links necessary to complete the process. While specific details have been very limited to this point, there appear to be two options.
Option #1 - For those who have lived in PA at least 10 (ten) years. (Three items: State Police Criminal Record Check, PA Child Abuse History Clearance and an Affidavit)
Option #2 - For those who have lived in PA less than 10 (ten) years. (Previous three items plus the FBI History Report)
Once you have completed the checks for the option that applies to you, you MUST provide proof of clear results to Glenn Bertha at
. Those choosing to not complete either option above, or not able to provide completed paperwork will not be able to work with our youth members in any capacity.
Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have.
State Law Change Affects All Clubs
The PA Child Protective Services Law changed recently. The change requires all coaches and volunteers involved with youth organizations to complete a State Police Criminal Record Check and a PA Child Abuse History Clearance. For those individuals who have not resided in PA continuously for the previous 10 years they must also complete an FBI Criminal Background Check.
PA West Soccer’s Risk Management Policy will be amended to comply with the changes in the law. We will make the necessary adjustments to our on line Risk Management system to help manage this change. PA West Soccer is committed to providing every player with the safest experience possible and as soon as we have the necessary changes in place we will share them.
Paid employees are immediately required to comply with the law. While it's legally permissible for volunteers to wait until July 1, 2015 before completing the mandated clearances it is recommended that all individuals take the necessary steps to fulfill their obligation as soon as possible.
PA State Police Criminal Record Check Online Form ($10.00):
https://epatch.state.pa.us/ (*Be sure to print the certification page that must be submitted to me. Results will be available in less than ten minutes if not immediately.)
PA Child Abuse History Clearance Online Form ($10.00):
https://www.compass.state.pa.us/cwis/public/home (*Will have to create an account. Results could take weeks. In addition to an optional mailed copy, results are available within minutes for you to print at home.***You should hit the print screen button after you have submitted your payment information but before hitting the submit application tab. This will serve as your receipt which will need turned in to me.)
FBI Criminal History Report Online Pay Portal ($27.50):
https://www.compass.state.pa.us/cwis/public/home (*Select PA Dept. of Public Welware box and follow instructions. Results will take at least 4-6 weeks.)
Volunteer Qualification Affidavit (PDF):
http://www.pawest-soccer.org/Assets/volresideaffidavit.pdf (This form must be notarized. $5 notary fee for members of AAA. You will need a state issued photo ID when appearing in person for this. Those who do not have a current PA drivers license will need to acquire a PA Photo ID Card for verification purposes)
Those individuals who will be coaching/assisting at the In House level, will also have to complete the following background check as required by USCS. There is no cost for this check.