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Employment & Volunteering

Safe Environment training is required and must be renewed every 3 years for all Clergy, Religious, Lay Employees and Volunteers.

Prior to the start of service all Clergy, Religious, Lay Employees and Volunteers are required to fulfill all mandatory steps, have an acceptable criminal background check and must successfully complete the required ongoing training as a condition of continued employment or volunteer/ministry service.

A hand holding a pen and check off boxes on a form.Mandatory Safe Environment Steps prior to serving in ministry or other volunteer service:

  • Completion of the Volunteer Ministry Application, including the names and contact information of 3 (non-family member) references, who will be contacted.
  • Signed Authorization for Release of Information form.
  • Completion of the National Criminal Search including Sex Offender background check.
  • Successful completion of the Safe Environment Training.
  • Signed Code of Conduct Agreement form upon review of the Diocesan Code of Conduct & Behavior Standards for All Clergy, Religious and Lay Ministers.

Safe Environment Participation training is also required for participation in or volunteering for activities or events that are not specifically designed to minister to children/youth, but for which it is reasonable to think that they may at times have contact with children outside the sight or hearing of other responsible adults, (e.g. due to the facilities, location, time, or likely presence of children/youth in the proximity of the activities or events).

Even if someone in volunteer ministry is not interacting with children, or likely to interact with children, Safe Environment training is extremely important to inform and protect not only children and vulnerable persons, but also to protect volunteers from unintentionally violating policies.

Safe Environment training also encourages and reinforces a culture of awareness, knowledge and vigilance in protecting all within the parishes, schools and Diocese.

Any questions or need for clarification as to whether a ministry, activity, event or volunteer service may require Safe Environment training should be directed to the .

Required Steps

Training Certificates will not be issued until all five steps are complete and the background check(s) are returned. Certification Status is available on the Certification Database. All forms are available online by double-click on the hyperlink or you may request them from your local Safe Environment Coordinator. All personal information is held in a confidential filing system.

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Step 1

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Volunteers must complete a Diocesan Adult Volunteer Application or a Teen Volunteer Application and submit it to the school or parish Safe Environment Coordinator where your ministry will be based. If you have applied for a paid position the hiring supervisor will submit your application to the local SEC for processing upon hire.

Adult Volunteer Application
Solicitud de Ministerio Voluntario
Teen Volunteer Application

Step 2

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All applicants 18 years old or older must complete the Authorization for Release of Information for processing a Criminal Background Check.

ALL employees or volunteers whose position requires driving or handling cash or accounting/bookkeeping information, must complete the Authorization for Driving or Credit Check and either the Volunteer Driver Information Sheet or Employee Driver Information Sheet.

Authorization for Release of Information
Autorización para Obtener Antecedentes Penales
Authorization for Driving or Credit Check
Autorización para Antedecentes de Manejo o Credito
Employee Driver Information Sheet
Volunteer Driver Information Sheet

Step 3

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Volunteers must complete the Adult or Teen Volunteer Survey Tool and meet with the Safe Environment Coordinator or Ministry Leader for an interview.

Adult Volunteer Survey Tool
Encuesta para Adultos Voluntarios
Teen Volunteer Survey Tool

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All volunteers must review and sign the Adult Code of Conduct and Behavior Standards or Teen Code of Conduct and Behavior Standards.

Code of Conduct & Behavior Standards
Código de Conducta y Normas de Comportamiento
Qui Luật về Tư Cách và Tiêu Chuẩn Cư Xử
Teen Code of Conduct & Behavior Standards

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All adult staff and volunteers must register and attend Safe Environment Training prior to working / volunteering.

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Richard Mathews
Director of Safe Environment

Nancy Mitchell
Safe Environment Analyst

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