DIOCESAN SAFE ENVIRONMENT POLICY
The purpose of the Safe Environment Program of the Diocese of Pittsburgh is to take reasonable measures to assure that adults who have contact with minors (those under 18) are committed to providing a safe environment for children and youth, are capable of identifying and preventing abuse of children, and have no personal history of behavior that would be a threat to children.
Teachers, coaches and assistants, homeroom parents, chaperones, and adults who volunteer at Saint Therese School and Parish are required to follow the steps outlined below to receive volunteer clearances. We realize it takes time and attention on your part to complete the process; please realize the goal is solely to protect your children.
Adults (18 or older) volunteering with children at Saint Therese School must be compliant in the requirements of the safe environment policy listed below.
Step 1: Register on the Pittsburgh Diocese Safe Environment Database: www.diopitt.org To register: Scroll down to the “Safe Environment Database Application” in the left column and click on it.
On the next screen, click on the part that says: “If you do not have a user ID and password, please click here to register.” The access code is “protect”.
When you have completed the required registration information, the Criminal Record Clearance will automatically be generated with registration on the database.
You will then be directed to read and electronically sign and date the Code of Pastoral Conduct and the Child Protective Service Training Law.
Step 2: The next step is obtaining your Child Abuse Clearance. Go to http://www.compass.state.pa.us (CWIS) This is the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare’s website. The Child Abuse clearance must be renewed every three years.
Step 3: To obtain your Protecting God’s Children Workshop certificate go to www.diopitt.org and scroll down to the green “Online training for Protecting God’s Children and follow the steps.
Step 4: The Mandated Reporter Training is also completed on www.diopitt.org. Click on the green “Online Mandated Reporter Training” tab and follow the steps.
Step 5: The final step is to sign the Fingerprint Waiver.This is for volunteers only who are not receiving a salary from Saint Therese and have lived in Pennsylvania for ten consecutive years. Those who have not lived in Pennsylvania for at least ten consecutive years ywill need to register for your fingerprinting by going to www.pa.cogentid.com You will be directed on how to register and pay for your fingerprints. Please send a copy of your results to the school or rectory as soon as you receive them.
Online or live training for Protecting God’s Children and Mandated Reporter of Child Abuse are available. Go to www.diopitt.org, scroll down the left side for links to this training giving dates, times, locations, and registration information.
All steps must be completed within 3 months of the submission of your application or it will be archived. Saint Therese School must have copies of all certificates in your confidential file in order for you to be with the children for any reason—no exceptions.
Thank you for all you do to keep our children and vulnerable adults safe here at Saint Therese !!!