Safe Environment Requirements

DIOCESE OF ALLENTOWN
OFFICE FOR SAFE ENVIRONMENT

VOLUNTEER SAFE ENVIRONMENT REQUIREMENTS CHECKLIST

POLICIES & FORMS

Follow the instructions on the left for the Policies that you need to sign.
The Background Check Authorization Form is needed by the Diocese to access your background check information.

Policies & Forms to Sign

  1. Click on the Policy link and read the policy
  2. Click on the Acknowledgment Form link and print the form
  3. Sign & Date form
  4. Return the form to parish office

If you have problems printing the forms, contact the Local Safe Environment Coordinator for a printed copy.

Sexual Abuse Policy
Sexual-Abuse-Policy
Sexual-Abuse-Policy-Acknowledgment-Form
One time AND with revisions
Code of Conduct Policy
Code-Of-Conduct-Policy
Code-of-Conduct-Acknowledgment-Form
One time AND with revisions
Child Protective Services Law Policy
Child Protective Services Law-Policy
Child Protective Services-Acknowledgment-Form
One time AND with revisions
Background Check Authorization Form
Grants permission to the Diocese to access your
background check information

Background-Authorization-Form
Every 5 years along with
Background Check Clearances

BACKGROUND CHECKS

Follow the instructions on the left for the Background Checks that you need.
YOU NEED TO RECEIVE A CODE FOR THE CHILD ABUSE & FINGERPRINTING BEFORE STARTING THE BACKGROUND CHECK REQUESTS

Background Checks

FOLLOW THE LINKS IN ORDER FOR THE BACKGROUND CHECK(S) YOU NEED

  1. Click on the link to request a CODE, if there is one. Wait to receive your code from the Safe Environment Team
  2. Print the instructions for applying.
  3. Click the link to apply online and follow the printed instructions.
  4. Drop off the results at the parish office when you receive them. We must have the originals and all of the pages. You will receive copies.

PA State Police Criminal Record Check (PATCH)
1. PA Criminal Record Check-Instructions
2. Click here to apply online
Every 5 years
Volunteers free of charge
PA Child Abuse History
1. REQUEST YOUR CODE
2.
You will receive an email containing instruction & your code
3.
Click here to apply online
Every 5 years
Volunteers free of charge
REQUIRES A CODE
FBI Criminal Background Fingerprint Check
1. REQUEST YOUR CODE
2.
You will receive an email containing instruction & your code
3. Click here to schedule appointment for fingerprinting
Every 5 years
Volunteers free of charge when
using Diocesan payment code*
*REQUIRES CODE

TRAININGS

Follow the instructions on the left for the Trainings that you need.
For Mandated Reporter list of available Webinar Trainings, you will need to request them and they will be emailed to you.

Trainings

  1. Click on the link for Instructions & print or review them
  2. Click on the link for the training you desire and follow the instructions
  3. Print out the certificate that you receive at the end of the training
  4. Drop off the certificate at the parish office
Mandated Reporter Training
1. Mandated Reporter Training Instructions
2. Click here to request a calendar of the Webinar Trainings
Click here for online training through Pitt.edu
Every 5 years
free of charge
Protecting God’s Children
1. Protection God’s Children Instructions
2. Click here for list of workshops
ONE TIME
free of charge
Franciscan University Training (required for Child-Centered)
(more information to follow
shortly)
ONE TIME
free of charge

Driver Training

  1. Click on the link to print the instructions
  2. Click on the link to log into CMG Connect – If you do not already have an account, follow the instructions to create one.
  3. Take the training
  4. Print the certificate
  5. Click on the link to print the Driver Information Form – Fill out the form and sign & date it.
  6. Drop off certificate & form at parish office

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)

Defensive Driving Curriculum and Driving Information Form
1. CMG-Connect-Log-on-Course Instructions
2. Click here to take training
3. Driver Info Form

*If you do not have an account (username and password), you can create one
before you start when you click to take the training.
ONE TIME
free of charge

Submit the above documents to the Parish Office as soon as possible.

—— FOR EMPLOYEES ——

**See the Local Safe Environment Coordinator for Employee Policies/Forms/Codes**

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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