Safe Environment Requirements

DIOCESE OF ALLENTOWN
OFFICE FOR SAFE ENVIRONMENT

VOLUNTEER SAFE ENVIRONMENT REQUIREMENTS CHECKLIST

Find the item(s) that you need to complete and follow the directions under the heading.

Policies to Sign

SEXUAL ABUSE POLICY

  1. Read the Policy (click here)
  2. Print & sign the Acknowledgment (click here)
  3. Return the Acknowledgment form to the Parish Office

CODE OF CONDUCT POLICY

  1. Read the Policy (click here)
  2. Print & sign the Acknowledgment (click here)
  3. Return the Acknowledgment form to the Parish Office

CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES LAW POLICY

  1. Read the Policy (click here)
  2. Print & sign the Acknowledgment (click here)
  3. Return the Acknowledgment form to the Parish Office

ONE TIME
& with Policy Updates

Forms to Sign

BACKGROUND CHECK AUTHORIZATION FORM

  1. Print, Fill out, and Sign the form (click here)
  2. Return the form to the Parish Office

Do this when you are doing background checks (below)

Grants permission to the Diocese to access your background check information

BACK-GROUND CHECKS

PA STATE POLICE CRIMINAL RECORD CHECK (PATCH)

  1. Print Instructions (click here)
  2. Apply Online (click here)
  3. Follow the instructions to fill out your application and print your results
  4. Return your results to the Parish Office

PA CHILD ABUSE HISTORY

  1. You need a code for this application (click here)
    (a code will be generated to the Safe Environment Coordinator)
  2. You will receive your instructions and your CODE by email
  3. Once you receive your instructions/code, apply online (click here)
  4. Follow the instruction to fill out your application and print your results
  5. Return your results to the Parish Office

FBI CRIMINAL BACKGROUND FINGERPRINT CHECK

  1. You need a payment code for this application (click here)
    (a code will be generated to the Safe Environment Coordinator)
  2. You will receive your instructions and your CODE by email
  3. Once you receive your instructions/code, apply online (click here)
    (Follow the instructions to fill out your application and choose a location)
  4. You will receive your results by email or mail, depending on the option you selected in your application.
  5. Return your results to the Parish Office

EVERY 5 YEARS

TRAININGS

MANDATED REPORTER TRAINING

There are two options currently for taking this training – Choose one:

  1. Take Online training through Pitt.edu (click here)
    (A timed, 3-hour course through reading information & answering questions)
  2. Take Online training through Webinar (click here to request the training times)
    (A 3-hour webinar of verbal instruction and a short post-test)
    When you receive your email of training dates/times, click on the one you want and sign up – you will receive instructions on how to log in for the session

Print your certificate of completion and submit it to the Parish Office

PROTECTING GOD’S CHILDREN

  1. Print the Instructions (click here)
    You can click here for the list of workshops to sign up (click here)
  2. Once you have taken the workshop, print the certificate at the end
  3. Return your certificate to the Parish Office

Print your certificate of completion and submit it to the Parish Office

FRANCISCAN UNIVERSITY TRAINING

  1. Print the Instructions – for NON-CHILD CENTERED (click here)
  2. Follow the instructions to take the trainings –
  3. There are 2 training tracks to take – you have one year to complete them

EVERY 5 YEARS

ONE TIME

ONE TIME

OPTIONAL TRAININGS

DRIVER TRAINING

ONLY REQUIRED IF…. You will be transporting children OR you will be driving parish or personal vehicles for parish needs (driving to events, transporting equipment, obtaining supplies)

  1. Print the Instructions (click here)
  2. Take the training (click here)
  3. Print your certificate and return it to the Parish Office
  4. Print and fill out the driver information form (click here)
  5. Return the Driver Information Form to the Parish Office

ONE TIME

—— FOR EMPLOYEES & YOUTH FORMATION MENTORS——

VIRTUS INSTRUCTIONS
Set up a VIRTUS ACCOUNT if you don’t already have one.
READ the monthly VIRTUS bulletins.
ANSWER the question at the bottom of the bulletin and hit the SUBMIT button.
***Requires monthly Virtus Update at: https://www.virtusonline.org/virtus/

(This is the ONLY way the VIRTUS system shows that we are in compliance.)

CONTACT INFORMATION

Secretary, Youth Protection and Catholic Human Services

Pamela J. Russo, L.S.W, M.S.
P.O. Box F
Allentown, PA 18105-1538
610-871-5200 ext. 2204
prusso@allentowndiocese.org

Victim Assistance Coordinator

Ms. Wendy S. Krisak
To speak directly to the victim assistance coordinator please call: Direct Line 1-800-791-9209
Fax: 484-664-7794
victimsassistance@allentowndiocese.org

Background Check Coordinator

Pamela Russo, L.S.W., M.S.
Phone: (610)871-5200, ext. 2204

Local Safe Environment Coordinator

Cheryl Keifer
Phone: (484)866-3835
pgc@sj23tamaqua.org

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