American Baptist Churches of Pennsylvania and Delaware

Child Protection Screening


Employee & Volunteer Child Protection Information

RISK MANAGEMENT GOAL: Reduce your liability and the possibility of being found negligent in the hiring, retention, and selection of employees and volunteers. 

  • Volunteers for Children Act of 1998 states that organizations can be held liable for crimes committed by volunteers; organizations working with children should be conducting background checks on staff and volunteers.
  • National Child Protection Act 2000 recommends background checks to any organization working with children (public or private).
  • PA House Bill #435 states that an employer or individual who intentionally fails to require an applicant for employment or volunteer service to submit the required certifications commits a misdemeanor of the 3rd degree.