Safe Environment Requirements

Thank you for volunteering to assist in our programs for children. Our goal is to have a safe environment for our children. All adults who have regular contact with children (this includes all head and assistant coaches) must first fulfill the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Safe Environment Program Requirements. All clearances (1, 2, and 3) must be obtained BEFORE working with Children.

Also, the Pennsylvania Criminal Background Check and Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance are now free for volunteers!  For the Pennsylvania Criminal Background Check there is now a yellow button on the main page that says “New Record Check” with the words “volunteers only” in red to the right, clicking there allows for volunteers to run their check free of charge. Please note that if you both work and volunteer you have to obtain the paid employment clearance. The fee waiver is for volunteering only. For the Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance, when completing online via the Compass site, as long as you identify yourself as a volunteer when you begin your application, the fee will be waived. For the Federal Fingerprint Check the fee remains unchanged.

Click here for the complete policy from the Office of Child and Youth Protection

Follow These Steps:

  • 1. Criminal Record Check

    Pennsylvania Criminal History Check (valid for 5 years).  This form goes directly to the PA State Police. You must fill in the information and mail it to PA State Police. You can submit electronically and obtain immediate results, but you must print out the certificate to be submitted to SKS.

  • 2. Child Abuse Clearance

    Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance (valid for 5 years).  This form is completed by you and mailed with a copy of your Criminal Background Check.  If you would like the Clearance to be returned to St. Katharine of Siena, sign the Consent form below otherwise this form is returned to you and you must submit it to SKS.

  • 3. Federal Criminal History Background Check

    • Required: FBI History Clearance-Act 114 for a volunteer who has been a PA resident for less than 10 years. If you are volunteering in the school click on Education; if in the Parish click on Human Services. Please use the follow service code to register: 1KG6Y3 service code for (PDE) Pennsylvania Department of Education Volunteers.


    • Required: a signed Disclosure Form signed by a volunteer who has been a PA resident for the entire last 10 Years and has not committed designated crimes in Pennsylvania or elsewhere.
  • 4. Mandated Reporter Acknowledgement Form

    Effective December 31, 2014, anyone paid or unpaid, who has direct responsibility for a child is a mandated reporter. This includes any volunteer who has direct contact with children while volunteering in schools, parishes, athletics, as well as groups or organizations such as the Boy/Girl Scouts.

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