FAQ’s and Resource Links
Frequently Asked Questions – Volunteers, PA Department of Human Services
Frequently Asked Questions – Employees, PA Department of Human Services
Questions and Reporting
Questions related to child protection can be sent to the Department of Human Services Office of Children, Youth and Families at RA-PWCPSLQuestions@pa.gov.
For questions regarding Child Abuse Referrals, contact ChildLine at 1-800-932-0313.
To report suspected child abuse go to www.compass.state.pa.us/cwis or call 1-800-932-0313.
For more information from the Department of Human Services, you can visit www.KeepKidsSafe.PA.gov
RESOURCE FOR CHURCH POLICY
If you are looking for assistance in creating or revising your church policy, take a look at Samaritan Counseling SafeChurch program. The following from their website:
“Our ‘SafeChurch Project: Protection of Children and Youth from Sexual Abuse’… program helps you to create policies and guidelines developed in alignment with your mission and theological understanding to create a sanctuary where all can gather in an atmosphere of trust and safety.
SafeChurch is Samaritan’s unique process of working with groups or “Clusters” of congregations from various traditions to help shift congregational culture to proactive engagement of all adults to protect children from sexual harm – not only at church, but in the communities where we live, work, play and go to school.”
The program will cover items such as:
- Development of policies with “best practices”
- Training for staff and volunteers
- Mandated Reporting
- Education for parents and other congregants
- Curriculums for children and teens
- Honoring adult survivors
- Utilizing resources for congregational awareness
- Welcoming sexual offenders while prioritizing child safety