In 2004, the Diocese of Pittsburgh instituted the Safe Environment Policy for all individuals who work with and minister to children under the age of 18 in the Church. In 2007, the Safe Environment Database was created, allowing many of the volunteer clearance requirements to be completed online.
All volunteers who are in regular contact with children under the age of 18 are required to complete the online Safe Environment Procedure before they begin their volunteer work. This includes clergy, religious, employee or volunteer in the parish who has regular contact with youth in their work or ministry. Regular contact, as described by the diocese, is “routine contact on some consistent basis, recurring at prescribed times, whether daily, weekly, monthly or even seasonally.” Please refer to the following document for more information:
First, please go to www.diopitt.org.
At the top of the page click on PROTECTION OF CHILDREN.
SCROLL DOWN AND CLICK ON “COMPLIANCE”.
CLICK ON PARISH VOLUNTEER/SCHOOL VOLUNTEER (DEPENDING ON WHICH PLACE YOU ARE VOLUNTEERING.
THE INFORMATION THAT POPS UP ARE THE STEPS YOU WILL NEED TO COMPLETE PRIOR TO VOLUNTEERING AT ASSUMPTION PARISH & CCD PROGRAMS. CLICK ON THE BLUE HIGHLIGHTED AREAS AND IT WILL TAKE YOU DIRECTLY TO THE LINKS.
#1: CLICK ON LINK AND WHEN YOU GET TO THE NEW PAGE, MAKE SURE YOU CLICK ON “FIRST TIME USERS”. THE PRIMARY PARISH/SCHOOL/AGENCY IS: BELLEVUE: ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY PARISH & CATECHETICAL PROGRAM.
ACCESS CODE IS: PROTECT. CONTINUE FOLLOWING THE PROMPTS. YOU WILL NEED ADDRESSES AND PHONE NUMBERS OF 3 REFERENCES, YOUR EDUCATION, WHERE YOU’VE LIVED, ETC. THIS SHOULD TAKE AT LEAST 20 MINUTES TO COMPLETE.
(This step automatically generates a Criminal Clearance Form.)
#2: CLICK ON LINK WHEN YOU GET TO THIS STEP.
PRINT OUT THE CHILD ABUSE CLEARANCE FORM, FILL OUT AND RETURN TO THE SAFE ENVIRONMENT COORDINATOR AT THE RECTORY. PLEASE DO NOT SEND TO COLLEEN MURIN AS IT STATES ON THE WEBSITE.
YOU WILL ALSO NEED A CONSENT OF RELEASE OF INFORMATION FORM.
PLEASE PRINT OUT THIS FORM, SIGN IT AND RETURN TO THE SAFE ENVIRONMENT COORDINATOR AT THE RECTORY.
#3: ANSWER THE QUESTION AS TO WHETHER YOU HAVE LIVED IN THE STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA THE PAST 10 YEARS. YOU WILL NEED TO PRINT OUT WAIVER AND THEN SIGN AND RETURN TO ME AT THE RECTORY.
#4: PROTECTING GODS CHILDREN WORKSHOP. YOU CAN EITHER TAKE THIS TRAINING ONLINE IN THE COMFORT OF YOUR OWN HOME (it will take 1 1/2 hours) OR ATTEND A LIVE SESSION WHICH WILL TAKE 3 HOURS. AFTER YOU DECIDE TO DO EITHER SESSION,
YOU WILL GET A CERTIFICATE. THIS CERTIFICATE NEEDS RETURNED TO SAFE ENVIRONMENT COORDINATOR AT THE RECTORY.
#5: MANDATED REPORTER TRAINING: IF YOU CLICK ON APPENDIX D AND SEE THE AREA YOU WILL BE VOLUNTEERING, THEN YOU ARE REQUIRED TO TAKE THE MANDATED REPORTER TRAINING.
This too can either be taken on-line (which will take between 3-4 1/2 hours long) or ATTEND THE LIVE SESSION WHICH
WILL TAKE JUST AS LONG. IF YOU TAKE IT AT HOME, YOU CAN SAVE AND RETURN AT YOUR CONVENIENCE. AGAIN, ANOTHER CERTIFICATE WILL BE GENERATED AND THE SAFE ENVIRONMENT COORDINATOR WILL NEED THAT COPY AT THE RECTORY.
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR NEED HELP, PLEASE CONTACT OUR CURRENT SAFE ENVIRONMENT COORDINATOR, JEN PACKARD AT or (412) 766-6660x132.