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:
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 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.
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."
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.