Safe Environment Program

Volunteers

If you volunteer in any capacity at St. Benedict Parish you must be in compliance with the diocesan Safe Environment policy. If you have any questions regarding the policy or if you would like to know if you are in compliance, please contact Shirley Jacobs at shirleyj@sbapeters.org or 724.941.9406 ext. 305. 

If any volunteer has clearance forms from other sources, please check with Shirley Jacobs to verify that they are acceptable.

If you are a volunteer and have not yet completed the Safe Environment requirements, please contact Shirley Jacobs, our Safe Environment Coordinator. She is in charge of updating our records and will be contacting those who have not yet completed all the pieces necessary to be in compliance. Use the links below to help you find and complete the required steps. 

Diocese of Pittsburgh Safe Environment Database Registration (Complete online. When getting on the Diocesan database, please remember you must complete all 10 steps on the application.)

PA State Police Criminal Record Check (Turn in Certificate to the Parish Office)

PA Child Abuse History Clearance (Turn in Certificate to the Parish Office)

Protecting God's Children Workshop

Online Training for Protecting God's Children Workshop (Turn in the certificate you receive to the Parish Office)
Live Training and Registration for Protecting God’s Children Workshop (Turn in the certificate you receive to the Parish Office)

Mandated Reporter Training - Check with the Parish Office to determine if this training is required for your ministry.

Online Training for Mandated Reporter Training through Pennsylvania Child Welfare Resource Center (Turn in your certificate to the Parish Office) 
Live Training Registration for Mandated Reporter Training

FBI Criminal Background Check 

Waiver for  FBI Criminal Background Check for Residents of Pennsylvania for the Last 10 or More Years (Turn completed form in to the Parish Office)
Residents of Pennsylvania for Less than 10 Years  -  Contact Shirley Jacobs in the Parish Office for information needed to obtain a Fingerprint Check

Code of Pastoral Conduct Pamphlet (Read and turn in the signature page to the Parish Office)

Reporting of Child Abuse Pamphlet (Read and turn in the signature page to the Parish Office)

The necessity for our parish to be in compliance with diocesan directives for the Safe Environment policy is serious. We are expected to hold all those who volunteer and serve as ministers, as well as the staff, to be liable for having each of the pieces that demonstrate the person is in compliance. It is understandable that some people are reluctant to do this when they believe that personal information is made available because the database is online. We have been assured that the site is secure and the diocese assumes responsibility if there are any breaches in security. The bishop has stated many times that our concern here is for the victims of abuse. We have an obligation to raise awareness to this issue that, sadly, is part of our culture today. It is because we do care for our children that we ask those who are around them in the liturgical as well as social and other parish settings to be trained to recognize any potential signs of abuse. If you have not yet completed all the steps, you are asked to please follow through as soon as possible. It is mandatory and will affect programming as well as ministries if we have to prohibit volunteers and ministers who have not been trained and cleared.