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Volunteers: PA Child Protection Clearance Law (Risk Management)

posted Apr 6, 2015, 12:07 PM by Site Administrator   [ updated Aug 15, 2015, 6:06 AM ]
Coaches, Assistants and Referees:

Every MAYSA coach, assistant and referee (over 18) must comply with the new PA Child Protective Services law.  Below is a step-by-step process to insure you meet all requirements of the law.  Depending on your particular circumstances you may need to take action immediately in order to insure your availability as a coach this season.  If your current employment requires the clearances below, you can use a copy of your current clearances.  You will still have to upload your clarence information to PA West's Risk Management System to complete this process (see details below). 

What does the new PA Child Protective Service Law mean for you?

PA State law requires all coaches to complete three child protection risk management procedures:  (1) PA State Criminal Background Check, (2) PA Child Abuse History Clearance and (3) FBI Criminal Background check or Volunteer Qualification Affidavit.  Further, completed clearance information must be provided to PA West Soccer, our governing organization. 

To begin,

(a)  Complete PA State Police Criminal Record Check Online. There is a $10 fee.  MAYSA will reimburse coaches completing the process.  If you have a copy of your current Criminal Record Check, you can use it instead of obtaining a second Criminal Check.

(b)  Complete Child Abuse History Clearance Online.  Again, there is a $10 fee.  MAYSA will reimburse coaches completely the process.  If you have a current Criminal Record Check, you can use it instead of obtaining a second Abuse History Clearance.

Next, if you have lived in PA for 10 or more consecutive years, then goto step (c) and skip (d), otherwise goto step (d).

(c) Complete Volunteer Qualification Affidavit.  Download this .pdf file and complete it.  This step is only for those who have lived in PA for 10 or more consecutive years.  If you have not lived in PA for 10 consecutive years, you must perform step (d).

(d). Only perform this step if you have not lived in PA for 10 consecutive year, you must complete an FBI Criminal Background Check including fingerprinting.  The cost approximately $27.50 and MAYSA will reimburse coaches completely the process.

Lastly,

(e) PA West Soccer coaches and referees are required to upload copies of your clearance documents into the PA West Soccer Online Risk Management System.  Using this link and your current login info (used to register your kids) or a new login and password to upload your clearances and complete the process.  You will not be registered as a coach, assistant or referee by PA West until this final step is completed.  

If you know that you will need any of the clearances above, please get started.  If you are not sure contact us.  Prior to the start of the season we will be going through the system and notifying those of you who need to obtain your clearances.  

Thanks everyone for your continued commitment to our youth, community and MAYSA.

For further details on the changes in the law, here's a link to PA West's Risk Management page of their website:  PA West Risk Management

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Site Administrator,
Apr 6, 2015, 12:07 PM