SAFE ENVIRONMENT

COMPLIANCE GUIDELINES

All Clergy, Staff and Volunteers

All adult volunteers involved in parish activities for children under the age of 18.

The Archdiocese has issued revised guidelinesconsistent with changes to Pennsylvania Child Protective Services Legislation effective July 1, 2015

Clearances should be submitted prior to commencement of  volunteer service, and must be renewed every three years.

 Required Clearances:

Pennsylvania State Police Clearance  https://epatch.state.pa.us/Home.jsp

Click on print certificate to print state certificate. Free for volunteers!

Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance https://www.compass.state.pa.us/CWIS/public/home

Free for volunteers!

Federal Bureau of Investigation Fingerprint Clearance (required for volunteers living in Pennsylvania less than 10 years). Go to www.pa.congentid.com to schedule an appointment and pay for background check.

Protecting God's Children -  All employees and volunteers must register on line and attend a session.

Safe Environment Training - Part 1:

Protecting God's Children, provides basic facts about sexual abuse and adult roles in prevention.  

To register on line: Virtus.org

Mandated Reporter Online Component

Safe Environment Training - Part 2:

Mandated Reporting of Suspected Child Abuse,  provides an overview of Archdiocesan reporting procedures for suspected child abuse and Pennsylvania Child Welfare Laws.  Available online.  Visit the Archdiocese of

Philadelphia website, click on drop downs: Protecting Children, Office for Child and Youth Protection,  Staff

& Volunteers Required Training.  

Technology Addendum Online Component

(For adults who attended  Protecting God's Children prior to June 30, 2011)

Visit the Archdiocese of Philadelphia website, click on drop downs: Protecting Children, Office for Child and Youth Protection, Staff & Volunteers, Required Training.   Technology Addendum information on bottom of last screen.

Required Trainings

Protecting God's Children -  All employees and volunteers must register on line and attend a session.

Safe Environment Training - Part 1:

Protecting God's Children, provides basic facts about sexual abuse and adult roles in prevention.  

To register on line: Virtus.org

Mandated Reporter Online Component

Safe Environment Training - Part 2:

Mandated Reporting of Suspected Child Abuse,  provides an overview of Archdiocesan reporting procedures for suspected child abuse and Pennsylvania Child Welfare Laws.  Available online.  Visit the Archdiocese of Philadelphia website,

click on drop downs: Protecting Children, Office for Child and Youth Protection,  Staff & Volunteers

 Required Training.  

Technology Addendum Online Component

(For adults who attended  Protecting God's Children prior to June 30, 2011)

Visit the Archdiocese of Philadelphia website, click on drop downs: Protecting Children, Office for Child and Youth Protection, Staff & Volunteers, Required Training.   Technology Addendum information on bottom of last screen.