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PREA Zero Tolerance Provision

Children’s Home of York has a zero tolerance of sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment against any of our clients.

This is consistent with the Federal Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA), Department of Public Welfare and Children’s Home of York Policy. A copy of the Annual PREA report is available at the front desk of our main campus.

23 PA.C.S. Child Protective Services Law

This chapter applies to the Department; other departments, boards, bureaus and agencies of the Commonwealth or any of it political subdivisions; county 
children and youth social service agencies and other agencies providing services to children and youth; law enforcement officials; county executive officers; 
auditors of the Federal government; public and nonpublic schools; intermediate units; area vocational technical schools; independent school contractors; and persons who, in the course of their employment or occupation or in the practice of their profession, come into contact with children.

Employees, Contractors, or volunteers must report any inappropriate behavior immediately. The presence of illegal and unethical behavior compromises the security and safety of the agency.

To report allegations or suspicions of sexual abuse or sexual harassment

  • Contact The Children’s Home of York at (717) 755-1033
  • Notify the Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-932-0313
  • And/or contact law enforcement in the jurisdiction of the facility

 All reports are taken seriously and investigated as outlined in the PREA standards. Any knowingly false accusations may be prosecuted.

The Children’s Home of York’s Independent Living Program at George Street  is participating in the process to become compliant regarding the Prison Rape Elimination Act (Department of Justice, 28 CFR-Part 115, National Standards to Prevent Detect, and Respond to Prison Rape). Recently, the expectations outlined in these standards have been applied to non-prison programs such as ILP@GeoSt that provide residential services to clients involved in the Juvenile Justice System.The Act requires organizations such as ours to comply with national standards to eliminate sexual abuse. The standards include the prevention, detection, and prosecution of any sexual abuse within juvenile facilities.

The Children’s Home of York is committed to providing our clients facilities that promote healthy and safe environments. And has always taken great measures to prohibit and prevent any staff sexual misconduct, juvenile sexual misconduct, abusive sexual contact, nonconsensual sex, or consensual sex regardless of a juvenile’s age, sexual orientation, or sexual identification.