Safe Environment Policies
The policies of the Safe Environment Program have been distributed to every institution of the Archdiocese, as part of a comprehensive Resource Manual. These policies are designed to assist the institutions of the Archdiocese in administering the program, and to provide uniformity and stability in the way the program is being implemented. All Archdiocesan agencies and institutions are required to comply with these policies.
The full Safe Environment Policies can be downloaded here.
Frequently Asked Questions about the policies can be found here.
All prospective staff members in any Archdiocesan institution, whether paid or volunteer, whose position or duties would place them in regular contact with minors, must:
- Complete the Screening Process (including submitting to a background check with clear results);
- Abide by the Safe Environment Policies, the Policy Relating to Sexual Misconduct, and the Code of Conduct; and
- Complete the Safe Environment Training appropriate to their position.
The Screening Process -- including the background check -- must be completed before a person starts work. The appropriate training must be completed within 45 days of commencing their duties. If a program is scheduled to last for less than 45 days (e.g., vacation bible schools, summer camps, etc.), all new personnel must complete both Safe Environment requirements before the program begins.
If any person fails to satisfy the Safe Environment requirements by the appropriate date, they may not come into contact with minors in any program or activity of the Archdiocese or any of its parishes or institutions until they complete the Safe Environment requirements.
Beginning in Spring 2012, a new policy was implemented, requiring a new background check for all active personnel whose last background check is over six years old. This will enable us to ascertain if any personnel have had a criminal conviction since the date of their last check.
New policies have also been issued, relating to maintaining proper professional boundaries (including guidelines for appropriate physical contact with minors) and limiting access by sex offenders to Church property and events. They can be downloaded here: