Moul Bill Expands Clearance Requirement for Those Who Work With Children

HARRISBURG – Rep. Dan Moul (R-Adams/Franklin) is sponsoring legislation that would expand the scope of background checks for individuals whose jobs involve children.  Specifically, Moul’s bill would extend current clearance requirements for professionals who work with children to include anyone applying for a paid or unpaid volunteer position in which they would be responsible for the welfare of a child. 

House Bill 435, which stems from recommendations by the Task Force on Child Protection, seeks to strengthen the screening process to help ensure the safety of children,” said Moul.  “Under current law, teachers, child care providers, foster parents, prospective adoptive parents and other professionals who work closely with children are required to undergo background clearances by the state police and the Department of Public Welfare (DPW) child abuse registry, and anyone who has resided in Pennsylvania for fewer than 10 years, must also undergo an FBI background check. 

“My legislation would require professionals and volunteers who work with children to submit to initial background checks and repeat them once every two years thereafter,” said Moul.  “The bill specifies offenses that would permanently ban employees from jobs involving children, and would require DPW to develop a form that employees and volunteers would be required to use to disclose whether they have been arrested or convicted of an offense that would permanently ban them from employment. The same form would be used to report any new arrests or convictions of this nature within 72 hours.” 

Under Moul’s bill, anyone convicted of a felony in which the victim is a child, or a felony drug conviction, would be banned from employment with children for 10 years after the expiration of their sentence.  Any person found guilty of a first-degree misdemeanor involving a child victim or a founded report of abuse in DPW’s child abuse registry, would face a five-year ban, unless the offenses fall under the definitions of a permanent ban. 

To see Moul’s description of House Bill 435, go to:   

Representative Dan Moul
91st District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact:  Donna Pinkham
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