RMTA Clearance Policy

CRIMINAL RECORD/CHILD ABUSE CLEARANCE POLICY
Revised 9.15.15

The Reading Music Teachers Association requires all members, clincians, adjudicators or volunteers working directly with  children under the age of 18 in RMTA programs to provide clearances for Pennsylvania Criminal Record Check and Pennsylvania Child Abuse History.  Such programs include but is not limited to: Dorothy Sutton Performance Festival, Student Recitals and Workshops, Spring Performance Festival

RMTA members who participate in any student event must provide a copy of each clearance one month prior to the event.  Clearances may not be older than five (5) years.  The documentation will remain in effect as long as the member is actively involved on an annual basis. If the member does not participate for a year, renewal documentation will be requested.

For adjudicators, clinicians and volunteers, a copy of each clearance must be provided prior  to engagement.  Clearances may not be older than five (5) years.  RMTA will keep clearances on file for five years before requesting renewals.

REQUIRED CLEARANCES:

1.      Pennsylvania State Police Request for Criminal Record Check
Submit online at:
         https://epatch.state.pa.us

2.      Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance: 
CLICK HERE for the form – no online
         submission (14 days needed for reply)

       a.      $10 Money Order Needed

       b.      Purpose of clearance: Employment with a significant likelihood of regular  
                contact with children. 

       c.      Must submit to:
 Childline and Abuse Registry
, Department of Public Welfare
,
                PO Box 8170, 
Harrisburg, PA 17105

Send copies of your clearances to:
Lin Breyer, RMTA Treasurer
, 703 Russell Circle, Douglassville PA 19518

MANDATORY REPORTING OF CHILD ABUSE

Recently, 24 pieces of legislation were enacted, changing how Pennsylvania responds to child abuse. These changes significantly impact the reporting, investigation, assessment, prosecution and judicial handling of child abuse and neglect cases. The changes include broadening the scope of mandated reporters (those required by law to report suspected child abuse) to include any person who comes into contact with children in the course of their employment, occupation or practice of their profession.

This abuse can be reported anonomously to the Department of Public Welfare via its statewide toll-free number 1-800-932-0313, or via a written report through electronic technologies. 

For more information visit these websites:

Child Protection Legislation Overview
http://www.pahousegop.com/ChildProtectionMeasures.aspx

PSEA: New Child Abuse Amendments
https://www.psea.org/for-members/your-profession/child-abuse-reporting/

KeepKidsSave.PA.gov
http://keepkidssafe.pa.gov/index.htm

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