In response to recently passed Pennsylvania legislation, especially HB 435, and in accordance with best practices regarding child safety, there are ACC policy changes that effect actively credentialed leaders and youth leaders attending/chaperoning ACC youth events.
Related documents & summary
Child safety in the church: Resources on Pennsylvania child safety laws and best practices for congregations (Word) (PDF)
This document provides information detailing the laws in Pennsylvania which relate to those who routinely come into contact with children. This document also gives numerous best practice suggestions to churches who desire to take additional steps toward creating a safe and secure church environment for children.
ACC credentialed leader covenant (PDF)
This form must be completed by all actively credentialed leaders and signed by a congregational representative who has reviewed the credentialed leaders’ original background check results. Please complete this form and return to the ACC office no later than July 31, 2015, and by January 1 each year thereafter.
ACC youth events volunteer covenant (PDF)
This form must be completed by all leaders and chaperones attending ACC youth events.
Youth Event Verification Form for Congregations/Employers, (PDF)
This form must be completed by a congregational representative who has reviewed the original background check results of those who will be serving as leaders and chaperones to ACC youth events.
*All documents have been reviewed by attorney Ann Martin of Gibble, Kraybill & Hess. Please don’t hesitate to contact the ACC office with any questions about what the policy or recommended best practices mean for your congregation.