Safe Environments Clearance Process

All laypersons who wish to serve the parish in positions of trust serving children, youth or vulnerable adults are required to complete the Diocesan Safe Environments Clearance process. This includes catechists, catechist aides, substitutes, parent volunteers in Children's Faith Formation events, hall monitors, youth ministry volunteers, Eucharistic ministers, Lectors, Ushers, Choir, Coaches, youth/child activity instructors, Altar Server Coordinators, some social event helpers, and more.

 

The Parish and Diocese absorb all costs of this process. All completed forms should be returned to the Parish Center Main Office. Refer all questions to the Safe Environments Coordinator at 412-931-4624 ext. 213.

 

The Purpose of the Safe Environments Process The Safe Environments process equips everyone in these ministries to establish and maintain safe environments for children and other vulnerable persons. Further it establishes as much as is possible, that ministers in parish programs have clean records and are trained to interact appropriately in ministry situations.

 

Five Simple Steps of the Safe Environments Process This process may require a bit of time, but we believe most Catholics will agree that this investment of time is well worthwhile if it prevents even one instance of abuse towards children or other vulnerable persons. Questions, problems, and concerns regarding this process should be directed to the St. Athanasius Parish Safe Environments Coordinator at the Parish Center Main Office.

 

1.  PLEASE NOTE: THERE IS SPECIAL CLEARANCE PROCESS FOR VOLUNTEERS WHO HAVE LIVED IN PENNSYVANIA FOR LESS THAN FIVE YEARS! IF YOU HAVE LIVED IN PENNSYLVANIA LESS THAN FIVE YEARS, DO NOT COMPLETE THE "FIVE SIMPLE STEPS" SHOWN BELOW. INSTEAD, CLICK HERE FOR SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS: Click here to view and print Instructions for the FBI Fingerprint Background Clearance, for those who have lived in PA less than 5 Years

 

2. FOR THOSE WHO HAVE LIVED IN PENNSYVANIA FOR MORE THAN 5 YEARS, START HERE: Complete the Diocese of Pittsburgh Online Database Application. When this online application is completed, the Diocese automatically runs a Pennsylvania State Police Record check. If you are unable to complete the online application, please call the St. A's Safe Environments Coordinator for Assistance.  Click here to view and print instructions on how to complete the Diocesan Safe Environments Data Base online registration.

 

3. Register online for a 3-hour Protecting God's Children Workshop (PGC). If you are not able to register online, please call the Safe Environments Coordinator for assistance. This excellent Workshop helps adults to understand the nature of the problem of sexual predators and equips all those in ministry to establish and maintain safer environments for children. PGC workshops are offered at St. A's as well as many other conveniently located parishes throughout the year.  Click here to view and print instructions on how to register for the workshop.

4. Sign and return to the Parish Center Main office: the "Acknowledgement of Cardinal's Clause" form required by the Diocese of Pittsburgh. Click here for a printable version of the Cardinal's Clause form.    

    

5. Complete and return to the Parish Center Main Office these two forms: the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare Child Abuse History Clearance Request and the Authorization for Release to St Athanasius Parish. Click here for a printable version of the Child Abuse History Clearance Request form.  Click here for a printable version of the Authorization for Release form.

 

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