AB506 - Volunteers


VOLUNTEERS: SECC AB 506 Compliance in our Churches

Any SECC local church that will use volunteers in any capacity is required to follow this SECC Church Volunteer Policy. There are two types of volunteers, with additional requirements for the volunteers working frequently and closely with children. Please make sure that the volunteer is properly identified for the services they will provide to the church. All documents that the volunteer is required to complete and/or sign, must be uploaded here (VOLUNTEERS) for record-keeping and clearance for volunteer services.

*Churches are required to upload a report of all volunteers to the Human Resources Department, on an on-going basis, and must include volunteer status I or II. Please email all volunteer lists to HumanResources@seccsda.org.


Requirements to Know

  • All SECC Administrators, Employees, and “Regular Volunteers” must complete the following:
    • (1) Training in Mandated Reporting
    • (2) Live Scan Fingerprinted Background Check
  • Two Adult Rule
  • Volunteer List: Churches are required to upload a list of all their volunteers to the SECC Human Resources Department, on an ongoing basis, and must identify each of the volunteers as either a “Volunteer I or Volunteer II” as defined above. A volunteer list template (VOLUNTEER LIST) is available to use when submitting a report of all volunteers. Please email all volunteer lists to HumanResources@seccsda.org
  • DMV Check: For any volunteer who will be driving as part of their volunteer duties (Volunteer I or II), a DMV check/clearance is required (see #2 in the Volunteer I Requirements).

Training Requirements

  • Training Topics: Child Abuse & Neglect Identification & Mandated Reporting
  • Where To Get the Training
    • Https://mandatedreporterca.com
    • General Training (2 hours) - Conference office staff, locally funded church employees (non-pastoral)
    • Clergy (3 hours) – pastors and ministry coordinators
    • Volunteers (2 hours) – Level 2 volunteers
  • How Often
    • Repeated and completed every two (2) years
    • Submit Certificate of Completion to SECC HR Department
    • *Please note that the General Training is no longer a “one time requirement” and must be taken each time a certificate is renewed.

Live Scan Background Check

  • Complete the “Request for Live Scan Service” Form
  • Fees (FBI Check $15 volunteers + Vendor Rolling Fees $25-$35 typically. DOJ fee should be waived).
    • Level 2 Volunteers –up to local church how to handle (reimburse full, a portion, or allow volunteer)
  • Only has to be done once.
  • If driving any church members or children as part of duties
    • Must request a Motor Vehicle Report check through Sterling Volunteers - Contact our Risk Management Department

Important Deadlines

  • Level 2 Volunteers
    • December 29, 2023 

Consequences of Non-Compliance

  • Violations for Mandated Reporters (civil and criminal penalties)
  • Inability to lease or use 3rd party facilities
  • Potential lawsuits with high punitive damages (generally not insured - can leave church exposed and responsible for $$$ )
  • Employment with SECC - disciplinary action, including holding back of youth funds, administrative leave, and/or up to termination.
  • Jeopardizes child safety – protecting our children is the highest priority

Two Adult Rule

  • “To the greatest extent possible, the presence of at least two mandated reporters whenever administrators, employees, or volunteers are in contact with, or supervising, children.”
  • Rationale
    • Increase accountability and decrease isolation – avoid the one-on-one interactions between a single adult and child
    • Benefits of having two sets of adult eyes in any given situation with a child – additional supervision
    • Significantly reduces the risk of an incident of abuse (i.e., grooming)
    • Protects against false accusations or allegations
    • Reduces liability and a potential claim of negligence
    • Offers additional help in the event of an accident or emergency
  • Unclear whether law requires two mandated reporters be on premises, or actively supervising that activity
  • Volunteers (Level 1 or 2) are not considered mandated reporters at this time.
  • Important to meet the underlying principles and apply with consistency.
    • During busier times, ask church to assign another qualified employee to assist temporarily
    • Make sure activities in the room are visible (large windows in doors and walls, leave doors open if no windows, install doors with glass windows, or have glass windows put into doors)
    • Practice close monitoring and patrolling by a mandated reporter (”Supervising and walking around”)
    • Sporadic visits from pastoral staff and supervisors/directors (“Drop ins”)

Identifying Volunteer Status

Level 1: Non-Regular Volunteer

  • Minimal or no interaction with children
    • “Child” means a person under the age of 18 years
    • Examples: A/V or media volunteer, adult SS leader or young adult ministries leader

Level 2: Regular Volunteer

  • Volunteer who is at least 18 years old and has direct contact with or supervision of children for more than 16 hrs/month or 32 hrs/year.
    • Example: If a Children’s Sabbath School teacher or Pathfinder leader, etc., spends even one hour/week with children throughout the entire year, that represents 52 hours a year. The fact that they are spending less than 16 hrs/month does not eliminate the 32 hrs/year defined mandate. They are a Level 2 Volunteer.
    • Example: Any parent or guardian who chaperones an overnight youth trip for children would need to complete the Live Scan and mandated reporter training, as the time spent supervising children would represent around 48 hours. They are a Level 2 Volunteer.
    • Example: Any adults who volunteer at recurring church activities and/or events where they are in charge of supervising children for more than 16 hours/month, or a total of 32 hours/year, including but not limited to Pathfinders or other youth ministry events, must complete the Live Scan and mandated reporter training. They are a Level 2 Volunteer.
  • All Level 2 Volunteers must comply with AB 506 Requirements

Level 1 Requirements

Level 2 Requirements

  • (1) Sign and submit SECC Volunteer Acknowledgment Form / Versión en Español 
  • (2) Get a Live Scan background check, that will be run through the DOJ and FBI. This requires completing the “Request for Live Scan Service” form to be given to the Live Scan operator. A copy of the completed “Request for Live Scan Service” Form received from the Live Scan operator must afterwards be uploaded here VOLUNTEERS.
  • (3) Be advised that there is a fee for the Live Scan check, which must be paid at the time of service. Please note that due to our status as a non-profit youth organization, Live Scan operators should waive the $32 DOJ fee. As such, you should only be charged for the vendor rolling fee (typically anywhere from $25 to $35) and the FBI fee of $15, approximately up to $50.
  • (4) Complete the two-hour online mandated reporter training for Volunteers provided by the Office of Child Abuse Prevention in the California State Department of Social Services, https://mandatedreporterca.com/, and upload the certificate of completion to VOLUNTEERS. The training must be completed every 2 years and new certificate of completion uploaded.
  • (5) Wait for clearance from SECC HR to begin volunteer services.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are training certificates completed with another organization valid for employees/volunteers at our church so they don’t have to re-take the training?

No – there are no exceptions. They will have to take the training again when starting their engagement with SECC.

What about those have already had a prior background check via Live Scan?

There is no exception under the statute for someone who had prior background check done, even if Live Scan. One cannot use the background check performed by another entity. You must rerun the search under our Live Scan account and ORI number.

Do only new employees and new volunteers need to undergo the fingerprinted Live Scan?

AB506 requires that all administrators, employees and regular volunteers shall undergo the Live Scan background check, regardless of when they undertook their respective role.

Do all volunteers, regardless of their interaction(s) with children, need to take the mandated reporter training?

No, AB506 only applies to “regular volunteers” (or Level 2 Volunteers). However, this is the bare minimum standard, which is different from best practice. A best practice should be for every volunteer.

What if someone refuses to get a Background Check?

You cannot continue to employ or engage the services of an individual who refuses to comply with the law.

Are Volunteers, Level 1 or Level 2, considered mandated reporters?

No, volunteers are not mandated reporters but are encouraged to obtain training in the identification and reporting of child abuse and neglect and are further encouraged to report known or suspected instances of child abuse or neglect.

Are volunteers of SECC required to complete training in child abuse and neglect identification and training in child abuse and neglect reporting?

All volunteers of a youth organization are required to complete training in child abuse and neglect identification and training in child abuse and neglect reporting. However, the training has different requirements depending on their role and hours working with children.

What criteria is used to determine what training a SECC volunteer receives?

There are two levels of SECC volunteers as outlined below:

Level 1 Volunteer: A Church volunteer with infrequent, minimal to no contact with children, i.e., will not work more than 16 hours in a month of 36 hours in a calendar year with children. Examples: Kitchen, or potluck helper, adult Sabbath School leader.

Level 2 Volunteer: A Church volunteer who works with children on a frequent, regular basis (i.e., more than 16 hours in a month, 36 hours in a calendar year, or any overnight outing with children). Examples: Pathfinder leader, regular Children’s Sabbath School teacher.

Are background checks required if a volunteer had a Live Scan background check through another youth organization this year, can we honor that search or will we need to run that check again through our Live Scan account and ORI number?

SECC will not honor a Live Scan background check completed through another employer. The Live Scan must be repeated and run using the SECC Live Scan account and ORI number listed on the Request for Live Scan Services form.


11330 Pierce Street
Riverside, CA 92505


P.O. Box 79990
Riverside, CA 92513

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(951) 509-2200


11330 Pierce Street
Riverside, CA 92505

Hours of operation

Mon. 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Tues. - Thurs. 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
(951) 509-2200


P.O. Box 79990
Riverside, CA 92513
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