Simmons to Host Seminar on New Child Protection Laws
HARRISBURG – Rep. Justin Simmons (R-Lehigh/Montgomery/Northampton) invites anyone who volunteers or works with children to an educational meeting to learn about Pennsylvania’s new child protection laws. The seminar will take place on Thursday, May 28, at 7 p.m. in the DeSales University Hurd Room, 2775 Station Ave. in Center Valley.

Representatives from the Department of Human Services will be on hand to explain the changes and provide recommendations on how to best comply with them. Rep. Todd Stephens (R-Montgomery), who is knowledgeable about the new laws, will also participate.

“Act 31 was enacted during the last session as part of a package of new laws that is designed to provide better protection for the Commonwealth’s children,” said Simmons. “Among other things, the act requires background checks for adults who volunteer with children in any capacity, including sports teams and Scout groups. I encourage anyone with questions about the process or needing more information about the law to make plans to attend our event.”

With the passage of Act 31, many adults who volunteer or work with children are now required to obtain a criminal background check and child abuse clearances, in addition to reporting suspected child abuse to the proper authorities to avoid facing criminal prosecution.

To reserve a seat for the seminar, please contact Dustan Raines in Simmons’ Emmaus district office by telephone at 610-965-5830 or by email at

Representative Justin Simmons
131st District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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