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Protecting God's Children & Safe Environment

Protecting God's Children & Safe Environment

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, 
Thank you for your ministry here at St. Victor’s Church!  We are so thankful you are willing to share your time, talents, and treasures with us. As per the Pennsylvania State Law all volunteers, over the age 18, must have background checks.  In order to comply, the Diocese of Pittsburgh instituted the Safe Environment Database & Policy, which includes the following seven steps listed below.  

To help yourself stay organized, download and print this checklist

 

Step 1 thru Step 6 must be complete by all volunteers that fall under the category of Appendix A.

STEP 1 - DIOCESE OF PITTSBURGH DATABASE APPLICATION & PA CRIMINAL RECORD CHECK

(1)DATABASE APPLICATION - Must be filled out before all other paperwork in order to be entered into the database.  This can be completed one of two ways:

1. Paper Application - download, print, and fill out the paper form and return to the rectory.
2. Online Application - create your own electronic file. The access code is PROTECT.

(2) PA CRIMINAL RECORD CHECK - *Must be renewed every FIVE years.*  This can be completed one of two ways:

1. This record will be obtained by Amy Salera, Safe Environment Coordinator, once the Diocese of Pittsburgh Application is complete. The volunteer does not need to obtain this document
2. If the volunteer wants to obtain his/her own copy and turn it into the rectory, please complete the criminal record check by clicking on this link: PA Access to Criminal History

 

 STEP 2 - PA CHILD ABUSE CLEARANCE FORMS

 *Must be renewed every FIVE years.*  This can be completed one of two ways:

1. Fill out the attached forms - PA Child Abuse Clearance & Release of Info Authorization Form - and return to the Rectory.

Please remember the following when completing these forms:

Social Security Number: not mandatory if you feel you cannot provide it
Purpose of Clearance: “VOLUNTEER”
List all addresses and household members since 1975
You do Not have to pay a Fee. This is now a free document to obtain.

2. If the volunteer wants to obtain his/her own copy and turn it into the rectory, please complete the child abuse clearance by clicking on this link: PA Child Welfare Portal

 

STEP 3 - READ PASTORAL CODE OF CONDUCT & TURN IN ACKNOWLEDGEMENT PAGE

Click on and print - Pastoral Code of Conduct

All volunteers must read, sign, and return the CPC Acknowledgement Page (LAST PAGE OF BOOKLET) to the Rectory

 

STEP 4 - READ CPSL AND TURN IN ACKNOWLEDGEMENT PAGE

Click on and Print - Child Protective Services Law Acknowledgement

All volunteers must read, sign, and return the CPSL Acknowledgement Page (LAST PAGE OF BOOKLET) to the Rectory.

 

STEP 5 - ATTEND THE PROTECTING GOD'S CHILDREN WORKSHOP

Volunteers are required to attend this workshop only one time. This can be completed one of the following two ways:

1. Attend in Person - The workshop is 3 hours long and you must register in advance.  You may find and register for a workshop by visiting the Pittsburgh Diocese Website Workshop List.
2. Complete online - You may complete the workshop online by visiting http://www.virtus.org and click on REGISTRATION

Please turn in your certificate of attendance that you receive upon completion of the workshop.

 

STEP 6 - OBTAIN FBI CRIMINAL CLEARANCE

*Must be renewed every FIVE years.*

According to PA State Law, volunteers much sign the FBI Volunteer Request for Waiver Form if you have lived in the state of Pennsylvania for 10 or more consecutive years. Click on and print the FBI Volunteer Request for Waiver Form, read it, sign it, and turn it into the Rectory.

If you have not lived in Pennsylvania for 10+ consecutive years, you will be requested to obtain fingerprints. Do not obtain fingerprints without discussing it with Amy Salera first.

 

If you are a volunteer that falls under the categories of Appendix D then you must also take the Mandated Reporter Training.

STEP 7 - ATTEND MANDATED REPORTER TRAINING

*Must be renewed every FIVE years.*

So that Mandated Reporters understand the recent changes to the Child Protection Services Law, the Diocese now requires certain individuals to take an online class offered by the University of Pittsburgh (this is a Free class). If you are a volunteer that must take the class, then click on the PA Child Welfare Resource Center and follow the instructions. When you complete the training, print the completion page and turn it into the Rectory.

***Mandated Reporter Training classes are currently being provided at different locations around our 6-county diocese. CLICK HERE if you are interested in attending one of these classes in person.

 
*Please return completed forms to Amy Salera, Safe Environment Coordinator, in the Parish Rectory. For more information, call (724)265-2070 ext. 3 or email safestv@consolidated.net.

 

DIOCESAN CHILD PROTECTION HOTLINE NUMBER: 1-888-808-1235


 CLICK HERE TO SEE ALL ESSENTIAL DOCUMENTS PROVIDED BY THE DIOCESE OF PITTSBURGH

ATTENTION CURRENT VOLUNTEERS - PA LAW CHANGES INCLUDE FINGERPRINTING