Effective August 1, 2016 the Safe Environment Program changes to Safe and Sacred.
The Diocese of Fort Worth requires all adults who will be involved in ministry to satisfactorily pass a criminal background check, complete Safe Environment training, and agree to the Code of Conduct every three years. Effective August 1st the process for all volunteers – both those who are newly volunteering and those who need to renew their training – will be done online through a new program called Safe and Sacred. To become a volunteer or to renew your training login to the Safe and Sacred website at https://safeandsacred-fwdioc.org.
New volunteers and current (renewing) volunteers will need to create a new user profile – it is important that user profile information is accurate – especially email addresses.
Users will not be able to share email addresses, each user must have a unique email to protect the security of their information. If users do have a “shared” e-mail address (such as a family), contact the Safe and Sacred’s customer service or tech support personnel – as nobody else will have access to that user login information. Future notices of pending expiration of training and criminal background checks will be sent directly to the individual user’s email address.
Safe Environment Program
Creating a safe environment for children and young people is a diocesan priority. All adult and teen leader volunteers who regularly work with children, youth or vulnerable adults must attend this training.
The diocesan safe environment program includes:
- Training for all volunteers regarding the dynamics of abuse and abuse-prevention strategies
(required every 3 years)
- Evaluation and conduct of the backgrounds of all employees and volunteers
- Review and signing of the Code of Conduct and Standards of Behavior
All programs require the presence of two screened and trained adults or one screened and trained adult and two age 16 or older teens.
This policy extends to:
- All Church-sponsored trainings and events regardless of where the programs or activities are held.
- Catholic school events and activities outside of a regular classroom setting
- Religious education classes and programs
- Youth ministry programs and events
- Liturgy of the Word for children
- Rite of Christian Initiation adapted for children
- Babysitting, nursery and child care programs
- Choirs for children and youth
- Altar server training
- Vacation Bible School
All employees are screened during the interview and hiring process. All new volunteers are to be interviewed and screened.
For more information, please see the contact information below.
"Called to Protect" Training Session (Children and Youth)
The "Called to Protect" Program is for children and youth, PreK through grade 12, to teach them about boundaries, how to recognize boundary violations, how to respond to persons who violate their boundaries, and how to report such violations to parents, family members, and other trusted adults. The "Called to Protect" sessions are taught in the Catholic schools, in parish religious education classes, and in youth ministry sessions. "Called to Protect for Youth Training" is a prerequisite to applying for "Teen Leader Training."
Teen Leader Training Session (Youth Ages 13-18)
This workshop prepares youth ages 13-18 who wish to volunteer with their peers and/or with children. Note: all Teen Leaders must take Called to Protect for Youth before taking Teen Leader Training. Children and Youth who volunteer are supervised in any service they provide. Parish Youth Ministers or ORE's have information available on Teen leader Training. Teen Leader Training is renewed every three (3) and remains in effect through the summer following an individual's graduation from high school.