“Be of service. Whether you make yourself available to a friend or co-worker, or you make time every month to do volunteer work, there is nothing that harvests more of a feeling of empowerment than being of service to someone in need.”
~ Gillian Anderson
Safe Environment Requirements
Thank you for volunteering to assist in our programs for children. Our goal is to have a safe environment for our children. All adults who have regular contact with children (this includes all head and assistant coaches) must first fulfill the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Safe Environment Program Requirements. All clearances (3,4,and5) must be obtained BEFORE working with Children.
Also, the Pennsylvania Criminal Background Check and Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance are now free for volunteers! For the Pennsylvania Criminal Background Check there is now a yellow button on the main page that says “New Record Check” with the words “volunteers only” in red to the right, clicking there allows for volunteers to run their check free of charge. Please note that if you both work and volunteer you have to obtain the paid employment clearance. The fee waiver is for volunteering only. For the Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance, when completing online via the Compass site, as long as you identify yourself as a volunteer when you begin your application, the fee will be waived. For the Federal Fingerprint Check the fee remains unchanged.
Follow These Steps
Step One - Safe Environment Part 1
Safe Environment Part 1 Protecting God’s Children: Register at www.vitusonline.org for training class.
Step Two - Safe Environment Part 2
Safe Environment Part 11: Also called, “Mandated Reporter” online class at https://childyouthprotection.org/learning/login/index.php
Step Three - Criminal Record Check
Pennsylvania Criminal History Check (valid for 3 years) Forms are available online: https://epatch.state.pa.us. This form goes directly to the PA. State Police. You must fill in the information and send a $10.00 money order or certified check. To submit electronically and obtain immediate results, – $10 fee payable with credit card- click here. You must print out the certificate to be submitted to SKS.
Step Four - Federal Criminal History Background Check
- FBI History Clearance- Act 114 –www.pa.cogentid.com
- Required for A volunteer who has been a PA resident for less than 10 years. If you are volunteering in the school click on Education; if in the Parish chick on Human Services.
- Required: a signed Disclosure Form signed by a volunteer who has been a PA resident for the entire last 10 Years and has not committed designated crimes in Pennsylvania or elsewhere. (see website to download form)
Step Five - Child Abuse Clearance
1. Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance (valid for 3years). Forms are available online: https://www.compass.state.pa.us/CWIS This form is completed by you and mailed with a $10.00 money order or certified check and a copy of your Criminal Background Check. If you would like the Clearance to be returned to St. Katharine of Siena, sign the Consent form below otherwise this form is returned to you and you must submit it to us.
Step Six - Mandated Reporter Acknowledgement Form
Effective December 31, 2014, anyone paid or unpaid, who has direct responsibility for a child is a mandated reporter. This includes any volunteer who has direct contact with children while volunteering in schools, parishes, athletics, as well as groups or organizations such as the Boy/Girl Scouts.
All forms must be returned to Sister Maryanne Zakreski, St. Katharine of Siena Rectory. You may contact her at St. Katharine’s Rectory to confirm or with questions..