Archdiocesan policy requires that volunteers who may have any possible contact with children complete the following background checks and clearances:
Clearances for Volunteers Living in PA for Less than 10 years:
- Federal Bureau of Investigation Fingerprint Clearance
- Pennsylvania State Police Clearance
- Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance
Clearances for Volunteers Living in PA Continuously for 10 years:
Volunteers who reside in Pennsylvania do not have a provisional period and must obtain clearances prior to beginning service.
Volunteers who reside in another state or country may serve for no more than 30 days as long as they provide clearances from their state or country of residence.
Volunteers who have regular contact with children (at least one time per week) are required to complete parts one and two of the Safe Environment training within 90 days of beginning their volunteer work.
- Part I: Protecting God’s Children, is offered regularly at sites throughout the Archdiocese. The training provides basic facts about child sexual abuse and adults’ roles in prevention. Register here
- Part II: The Mandatory Reporting of Suspected Child Abuse, is available online at our Training Institute in English and Spanish. This training provides an overview of Archdiocesan reporting procedures for suspected child abuse and Pennsylvania Child Welfare Laws. The training should take you approximately one hour to complete. Register here
Further information is available on the Archdiocesan Office for Child and Youth Protection website. If you need information about your clearance status or outstanding requirements, please contact the Parish Office.