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Pennsylvania Child Protective Services Law (CPSL)
Information for PCADV Domestic Violence Programs

Technical Assistance 1-888-235-3425 or 717-671-4767

Info and Forms about CPSL Background Checks

General Information on PA Requirements for Clearances/Background Checks from DHS

PA Child Welfare Online Portal
-Mandated reporters can apply for clearances and accounts to submit online reports of child abuse
-Programs can issue payment codes and manage individual employee/volunteer clearances

Supporting Documents
-Definitions/FAQs - what is a Permissive Reporter; Volunteer; Mandated Reporter; Employees Having Contact with Children
-Disclosure Statements Applications for volunteers and employees

Pennsylvania Child Abuse Clearance History Certification Form (CY113) (link to Spanish form is broken) Application form and instructions for individuals to apply for PA background checks

Reporting Forms

Report of Suspected Child Abuse - CY47 Form
Fill out onscreen and print/fax.
Tutorial for CY 47
Step-by-Step CY 47 Form Site walks you through the CY47 form for print/faxing.
ONLINE PA Child Welfare Portal (requires account)


CPSL Commonwealth-Required Training for Mandatory Reporters
-Requirements and options
-Free DHS-approved web-based training

NOTE: The mandatory three-hour Child Welfare Information System (CWIS) training on mandated reporting does not count toward the PCADV 40-hour training total for domestic violence advocates or volunteers.

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