SUSPECT CHILD ABUSE OR NEGLECT? CALL CHILDLINE: 1-800-932-0313
Get a Clearance

In order to work or volunteer with children, certain people are required to obtain clearances. 

Apply online

The Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance can be submitted and paid for online through the Child Welfare Information Solution (CWIS) self-service portal. Submitting an application online allows individual applicants to receive their results through an automated system that will notify them once their results have been processed. Applicants will be able to view and print their results online. The self-service portal also provides organizations the ability to create business accounts to prepay for child abuse clearances and have online access to the results. Get more information about the electronic submission of child abuse clearances or on obtaining a Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Check or Federal Bureau of Investigation Criminal Background Check.
 

Who needs child abuse clearances?

Keep Kids Safe Clearances - employees

Employees having contact
with children

Keep Kids Safe Clearances - Parents

Foster/adoptive
parents

Keep Kids Safe Clearances - teacher 1

School employees governed
by the Public School Code

Keep Kids Safe Clearances - teacher 2

School employees not governed
by the Public School Code

Types of clearances

Pennsylvania Child Abuse
History Clearance

Pennsylvania State Police
Criminal Record Check

Federal Bureau of Investigation
Criminal Background Check

Keep Kids Safe Clearances - volunteer

Volunteers


Clearance fees

  • Clearances for employment purposes are $8
  • Background check fees for volunteers are waived one time within a 5 year period
  • Refunds are not provided for applicants who submit overpayments with their background check paper applications

Thank you for your continued commitment to keeping Pennsylvania’s children safe.