Protecting Through Clearances
Safe Environment Screening of Personnel –
The Diocese of Erie policy requires all diocesan, parish, Catholic school and affiliated agency personnel, including any individual 14 years of age or older who have direct contact and responsibility with minors to complete the PA State Police Criminal Record Check, the PA Dept. of Human Services Child Abuse History Certification and the Federal Criminal History Record Information – FBI Report. Additionally, any volunteer (unpaid) who has direct contact and responsibility with minors must also complete the clearances listed above.
Protecting Through Education
Safe Environment Training –
The Diocese of Erie requires all diocesan, parish, Catholic school, and agency personnel and volunteers to complete the Diocesan “Creating a Safe Environment” training before working with minors. The diocese also mandates all parishes and Catholic schools to provide age appropriate training and education on safe environments/personal safety for all children. In addition, parishes and Catholic schools are required to share the diocesan provided information regarding child abuse and safe environments to all parents/guardians of minors in their parishes/schools.
Protecting Through Compliance
Compliance Audits –
The Office for the Protection of Children and Youth conducts annual audits through on-site visits and annual reports of all parishes and Catholic schools to ensure that all individuals working with minors are in compliance with the policies of the Diocese of Erie.