About Volunteer Clearances


DCP Theatre values the family friendly environment that it provides to our volunteers. Per the changes made by the State of Pennsylvania in 2015 to the Child Protective Services Law, DCP Theatre is committed to keeping the children who participate in our activities safe from abuse. 

DCP Theatre requires all volunteers to obtain clearances as required by Pennsylvania law. Per the State’s guidelines clearances should be submitted prior to the start of volunteer services. Clearances must be renewed every five years. Volunteers under the age of 18 years of age are NOT required to have clearances. 

Service Opportunities
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Required Clearances


The following clearances must be obtained by volunteers living in PA for less than 10 years:

  • Pennsylvania State Police Clearance (Criminal Background Check)

  • Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance (through the Department of Human Services)

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation Fingerprinting Clearance


The following clearances must be obtained by volunteers living in PA continuously for 10 years:

  • Pennsylvania State Police Clearance (Criminal Background Check)

  • Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance (through the Department of Human Services)

  • A signed Disclosure Statement Application for Volunteers


In summary every volunteer must submit either the Disclosure Statement OR the FBI Fingerprint Clearance in addition to BOTH the PA State Police Criminal Record Check and PA Department of Public Welfare Child Abuse Clearance Check.

 

Obtaining Required Background Checks Electronically

  1. Pennsylvania State Police Clearance (Criminal Record Check):

    • Can be obtained at no cost online at https://epatch.state.pa.us/Home.jsp with results available within a few minutes. Certificate to be submitted to Confidential Coordinator.

  2. Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance from the Department of Human Services:

  3. For Volunteers who have PA State Residence for less than 10 years - Federal Bureau of Investigation Fingerprint Clearance:

    • Go to http://www.pa.cogentid.com to schedule an appointment and pay for the background check. Volunteers must click on the Department of Human Services icon to be directed to the proper location. The Agency ID number is not a required field, please skip over that.

    • The cost of the fingerprinting process is $24.50. This is at the expense of the volunteer.

    • DCP only needs a copy of the official clearance.

  4. For Volunteers who have PA State Residence continually for 10 or more years:

  5. Submitting Clearances to DCP

There are three ways to submit your clearances. Please have them in by September 1st, 2016:

  1. Email To:
    confidential@dcptheatre.com

  2. Mail Paper Copies To:

Candi Remphrey
Confidential Coordinator
DCP Theatre
PO Box 194
Red Hill, PA  18076

  1. DCP Mailbox:
    Leave paper copies in a sealed envelope in the Confidential Coordinator mail box at DCP.

 

Step By Step:

Use the below documents for additional help in the clearance process.

Pennsylvania State Police Clearance (Criminal Background Check)
Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance (through the Department of Human Services)
Federal Bureau of Investigation Fingerprinting Clearance

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