Safe Environment Requirements

DIOCESE OF ALLENTOWN
OFFICE FOR SAFE ENVIRONMENT

VOLUNTEER SAFE ENVIRONMENT REQUIREMENTS CHECKLIST

Policies & Forms to Sign

  • Read the policy
  • Print the form
  • Sign & Date form
  • Return form to parish office
Diocese of Allentown – Sexual Abuse Policy
DOA-Sexual-Abuse-Policy
DOA-Sexual-Abuse-Policy-Acknowledgment-Form
One time AND with revisions
Diocese of Allentown – Code of Conduct Policy
DOA-Code-Of-Conduct
DOA-Code-of-Conduct-Acknowledgment-Form
One time AND with revisions
Child Protective Services Law Policy
DOA-CPSL-Policy
DOA-CPSL-Acknowledgment-Form
One time AND with revisions
Background Check Authorization Form
Grants permission for Diocese to complete
needed information for background checks

Background-Authorization-Form-1
Every 5 years along with
Background Check Clearances

Background Checks

  • For fingerprinting: contact the parish office for the payment code
  • Apply online for the background checks and fingerprinting
  • Follow the instructions on the instruction sheet for applying
  • Drop off the results at the parish office when you receive them
PA State Police Criminal Record Check (PATCH)
PATCH-Instructions
Click here to apply online
Every 5 years
Volunteers free of charge
PA Child Abuse History
Child-Abuse-History-Instructions
Click here to apply online
Every 5 years
Volunteers free of charge
FBI Criminal Background Fingerprint Check
Click here to obtain the PAYMENT CODE
FBI Fingerprinting Instructions child centered
FBI Fingerprinting Instructions NON child centered
Click here to schedule appointment for fingerprinting
Every 5 years
Volunteers free of charge when
using Diocesan payment code

Trainings

  • Find a training day and time that you can do
  • Take the training
  • Print out the certificate
  • Drop off the certificate at the parish office
Mandated Reporter Training
MRT-Instructions
Click here for trainings at the Diocese
Click here for online training through resource center
Every 5 years
free of charge
Protecting God’s Children
PGC-Instructions
Click here for list of workshops
ONE TIME
free of charge

Driver Training

Only required if you will be transporting children or driving vehicles for trips, bus trips, etc.

  • Take the training
  • Print the certificate
  • Print & fill out driver information form
  • Drop off certificate & form at parish office
Defensive Driving Curriculum and Driving Information Form
CMG-Connect-Log-on-Course Instructions
Driver Info Form
Click here to take training

*If you do not have a 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

Safe Environment 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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