PA Background Clearances & SafeSport

Pennsylvania Child Protection Laws & Clearances apply to Referees along with SafeSport Training

 

SafeSport:   safesport.org/training

U.S. Soccer has developed the Safe Soccer Framework as a foundation from which all participants in the soccer community, be they athletes, coaches, referees, administrators or volunteers, play an active role in creating an environment free from emotional, physical or sexual abuse. The Safe Soccer Framework is a comprehensive program of policies and process, screening, education and training, reporting, monitoring and enforcement designed to help participants detect and report abuse, respond to it, and prevent future occurrences. This Framework applies to U.S. Soccer national level programs.

All US Soccer officials MUST complete the SafeSport Online Training (free) prior to registering. Please visit the US Soccer Safe Soccer page and click on Take SafeSport Training to create a unique account.

When creating your account:  The Organization is US Soccer and the ACCESS CODE is YC3E-6P5G-YYIL-CS2M

After all 3 sections are completed you must save the final SafeSport Trained certificate to your computer, and upload it into your EPSARC OMS account.

FAQ regarding PA Keep Kids Safe

Pennsylvania Mandated Background Clearances

As of July 1, 2015, all paid employees age 14 and older working in the state of Pennsylvania, that interact directly with children, are required to get background clearances.  This must be done before attending the Entry Level Field Session, and for anyone transferring to Eastern Pennsylvania from another State Association, and are valid for 5 years.

  • Be sure to select EMPLOYMENT when completing the forms (not Volunteer)
  • Clearances may take up to 30 days to complete – keep this in mind when signing up for an Entry Level course.
  • Once you receive all three certificates, you must upload them into your EPSARC account for review.
    1. Be sure the documents are saved on your computer (PDF or JPEG format)
    2. Log into your account at www.epsarc.org
    3. Click on “I want to….Provide SafeSport/Background documentation”
    4. All 4 documents (Including Safesport) must be uploaded before approval will be given.
    5. They will be reviewed and your account will be updated.
  • Upcoming referees MUST be 14 years old prior to the field session.  NO EXCEPTIONS.
  • Those under 14 yrs will not be able to apply for the clearances.

  For minors who have lived in PA for 10 years.

  • Minors (ages 14-17) are exempt from the FBI fingerprint check if they have been a resident of Pennsylvania for the previous 10 years, however they must complete an Affidavit of Compliance Disclosure Statement, in addition to the PA Child Abuse and PA State checks.

For individuals 18 and older and those turning 18 during this calendar year, or minors who have not lived in PA for the past 10 years.

Helpful hints for the FBI background check:

  • IdentoGO SERVICE CODE:
    1KG756 Employee >=14 Years Contact w/ Children
  • For the FBI fingerprint check, locate a nearby fingerprint location (listed on their website) and reserve an appointment
  • Note the required documentation you must bring with you.
  • Arrive at your appointment and pay (currently $23.85)
  • They will do the fingerprint scans there and you will receive results in the mail in 2-3 weeks.
  • Upload this certificate into your EPSARC account.