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Child Abuse Definition: "The physical or mental injury, sexual abuse or exploitation, negligent treatment, or maltreatment of a child under the age of 18 by a person who is responsible for the child's welfare under circumstances which indicate that the child's health or welfare is harmed or threatened."

Volunteers’ fees for child protective clearances to be waived

Beginning July 1 all prospective volunteers in Pennsylvania who will have direct contact with minors in churches and other venues must provide, in advance, child abuse clearances from the PA Department of Human Services and criminal background checks… Read more

Rev. James Wilkin presenting Safe Sanctuaries resolution at 2015 Annual Conference

New Safe Sanctuaries policies posted on Website

At the request of the Rev. James Wilkin, Safe Sanctuaries Committee Chairman, we have added important documents to the Safe Sanctuaries resources Webpage for use by churches, groups and individuals…. Read more

New PA Child protection laws in effect

This is a reminder that all the new changes to the Pennsylvania Child Protective Services Law that were presented in the Safe Sanctuaries trainings on October 25 are now in… Read more

Churches learn new laws for Safe Sanctuaries

Hundreds of church leaders came out to district meetings across the EPA Conference Saturday morning, Oct. 25, to learn about new laws and policies intended to make their places of… Read more

Safe Sanctuaries–EPA Conference Policies

The 2015 EPA Annual Conference Session (May 2015) will likely consider a resolution proposing to adjust our conference’s Safe Sanctuaries policies so that they coincide with new PA state laws… Read more

Safe Sanctuaries trainings to clarify new child safety laws

The EPA Conference's new Safe Sanctuaries Committee wants to be sure every church knows that new changes in state law will require them to modify their church policies and practices…. Read more