The Diocese of Pittsburgh requires that all volunteers in ministry or contact with children comply with the Safe Environment Policy which includes the following components:

  1. Diocesan Database and National Criminal Record Check
  2. PA Criminal Record Check (Completed with step one)
  3. PA Child Abuse History
  4. Protecting God's Children Workshop
  5. Pastoral Code of Conduct
  6. Child Protective Services Law Acknowledgement
  7. FBI Clearance Requirements

A brief explanation of each follows.

Required Clearances

Diocesan Online Database
All adults who have regular contact with minors are to complete the Diocese of Pittsburgh's database application.  Once this application is completed, it will also be used to obtain a Pennsylvania State Police criminal record check. 

PA Criminal Record Check
Required for all volunteers, ages 18 and above, who work in ministry with children or teens. Must be renewed every FIVE years.  Now completed with the Database application above.

PA Child Abuse History Clearance
PA Child Abuse History Clearance - Required for all volunteers, age 18 and above, who work in ministry with children. Must be renewed every FIVE years.

Protecting God's Children
The "Protecting God's Children" workshop is required for all adults, age 18 and up, who wish to volunteer in ministry with children. It is an excellent program that truly equips adults to create safer environments for children.  For a list of all Protecting God's Children workshops in our area, click here. To register for a Protecting God's Children workshop click here,

Required Forms/Acknowledgements
Code of Pastoral Conduct - Revised June 2008 - All volunteers of all ages in all ministries must read this and sign and return the Acknowledgement Form.
Child Protective Services Law of PA - Required for all volunteers, ages 18 and above, in all ministries. Print last page, complete, and sign.
For instructions on obtaining these clearances see our school’s Safe Environment Policy page.