It shall be the policy of this Diocese that abuse or neglect of persons is totally unacceptable behavior by our church personnel. Any such conduct is to be considered by its very nature completely contrary to Christian morality and, therefore, cannot be justified in the employment or ministry of those serving within the Diocese. All Church Personnel within this Diocese must comply with all State and applicable local or federal laws which require reporting incidents of actual or suspected abuse or neglect of persons.
For full policy, see: Policy and Procedural Guidelines relating to screening of Church Personnel" Church Personnel" shall mean all of the following:
- "Clergy" - shall mean all priests and deacons who have faculties of the diocese.
- "Employee" - shall mean any lay individual who is employed by or engaged in ministry who is given payment for services (any form of compensation, whether monetary or otherwise) rendered, whether part-time or full-time. This definition shall include all such persons whether employed by the Diocese, Parish, School, Early Childhood Center, Catholic Charities, or any other diocesan entity that is controlled by or operated by the Bishop.
- "Religious Brothers and Sisters" - shall mean religious brothers and sisters who are regularly involved in ministry at an entity controlled by or operated by the Diocese.
- "Seminarians" - shall mean those men enrolled in a seminary who are officially sponsored by the Diocese.
- "Covered Volunteer" - shall mean any unpaid person entrusted with the care or supervision of children or vulnerable adult who is engaged or involved in any Diocesan institution or parish activity, and who is entrusted with the care or supervision of children or vulnerable adults. Individuals serving on any school advisory committee and any organized group that meets on Diocesan property shall also be considered a “Covered Volunteer”. These include but not limited to the following groups: Knight of Columbus, Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, St. Vincent De Paul, DCCW, any Lady’s or Men’s group that meet on Diocesan property on a regular basis.
Non-employees under the age of 18 do not need to be screened for criminal history.
Why? It is because these non-employees under the age of 18 are not allowed to have unsupervised access to children, youth or vulnerable adults. This includes youth ministers, coaches, mentors, scout leaders, babysitters, etc. These individuals who may assist with children, youth or vulnerable adults must be supervised by a volunteer or employee who has completed the required safe environment course or courses and has completed a CBS and been approved.
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