PA Child Abuse History Clearance
Act 151 of 1994 specified that employees of public schools, hired as of July 1, 1996,
must undergo background checks for child or student abuse.
Act 15 of 2015 amended the clearance requirements to require background checks
be performed upon initial hire and then renewed every 60 months.
Effective December 31, 2014, the Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance application
can be submitted online at https://www.compass.state.pa.us/CWIS. Once you enter the
website you will be directed to the Child Welfare Portal where you must create an account or
log-in if you already have an account (Note: you will need a valid email address to create an
account). Creating an account and submitting your clearance application online will give
you immediate access to your results or the status of your results if your results cannot be
Paper submissions of the Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance Application will still
be accepted; however, it does not provide immediate results.
In order to expedite the processing of the hard-copy application, please submit the completed
clearance along with a money order (PERSONAL CHECKS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED)
in the amount of $8.00 made payable to the "Commonwealth of Pennsylvania" to:
ChildLine and Abuse Registry
Pennsylvania Department of Human Services
PO Box 8170
Harrisburg, PA 17105-8170
Please read the instructions for completing the PA Child Abuse History Clearance; failure to
comply with the instructions will cause considerable delay in processing results. Once the
application is received in the ChildLine and Abuse Registry’s Verification Unit, the results of
the Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance will be mailed to the applicant’s address
within 14 days. For questions related to the Form, please contact the ChildLine Verification
Unit at 717-783-6211 or toll free at 1-877-371-5422.
Once you receive your clearance, you must provide it to the District and a copy will be
made for your file; the original is to be retained by the applicant.