Recent Child Protection Legislation

Pursuant to the report and recommendations of the Task Force on Child Protection, several new pieces of legislation have gone into effect to heighten the screening process for school employees and volunteers to ensure that students are protected.

Act 168 of 2014, commonly known as the “Pass the Trash” law, which went into effect in late 2014, amends the Public School Code to require extensive employment history checks be completed prior to an LEA hiring an individual in a position that involves direct contact with children.

Act 153 of 2014, which amends the Child Protective Services Law, contains two separate provisions that impact LEAs. First, the law requires that volunteers having direct contact with children receive child abuse clearances, PA State Police criminal history background checks and Federal background checks prior to volunteering. Second, the law requires that school employees, independent contractors and volunteers who have direct contact with children update these 3 clearances every 36 months.