A Safe Environment Training Program
The Diocese of Dallas has adopted and mandated a Safe Environment Program for all its parishes, schools, and Diocesan entities.
The purpose of the program is:
- To provide a safe and secure environment for the minors and vulnerable adults in our faith community.
- To reduce the possibility of false accusations against clergy, employees and volunteers.
- To provide a structure for evaluating a person’s suitability to work with minors or vulnerable adults.
- To provide a system to respond to the victim and his/her family as well as the accused.
The Mission Statement of the Program:
As Christian adults, we have a moral and legal responsibility and are entrusted by God with the spiritual, emotional, and physical well-being of minors and vulnerable adults. As they participate in activities within or sponsored by our Diocese, it is our responsibility and commitment to provide an environment which is safe and nurturing.
If you plan on accompanying your child on field trips throughout the year, YOU MUST TO BE SCREENED AND CLEARED THROUGH THE SAFE ENVIRONMENT PROGRAM - NO EXCEPTIONS. All adults working, volunteering or interacting with children in the school must be safe environment cleared through the Safe Environment program and wear their security badge in the building or when working with students. Safe environment clearance must be renewed on a yearly basis.
All coaches must update their Safe Environment clearance in order to participate in any practices (on or off campus) with a St. Cecilia school team.
|Getting started with Safe Environment (Family of Faith for New Volunteers):
If you have never volunteered before, please fill out the screening form. Your form will be emailed directly to our Safe environment Coordinator.
If you are fulfilling the annual retraining, you may choose to train online. Please choose one of the options under Update Training on the diocesan website. Complete the test/form and submit it to the Safe Environment Coordinator for credit.
|Volunteer Requirements of the Safe Environment Policy:
Complete a screening form
Consent to an initial criminal background check and subsequently every two years
Have 3 Reference checks
Complete the acknowledgement form
Ensuring that two or more adults are present for events
All volunteers must adhere to the guidelines as stated in the Diocese of Dallas Safe Environment Program for Schools and Parishes
♦Reporting all incidents
|Who must be screened?
All clergy and staff of the Parish and the school. All volunteers who work with minors (under 18) or vulnerable adults (those who for reasons of mental or physical impairment cannot recognize danger or if they do, cannot extract themselves from a dangerous situation.
School Parents: Please contact Principal Candice Barbosa if you have any questions regarding this training course for school parents. Send Ms. Barbosa an Email
Church Patrons: Anyone needing to obtain their training for the Church please contact the church directly at 214-941-5821 Church Office
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