Cross on archSt. Alphonsus Catholic Church is committed to providing a safe environment for all.

We do that by complying with the Safe Environment Policy developed by the Diocese of Pittsburgh. This is an aggressive effort to make Catholic parishes and schools as safe as possible for our children and young people from the threat of sexual and other kinds of abuse.

Adult employees and volunteers (age 18 and older) who have regular contact with minors (under age 18) must complete a six-step process in which they undergo a background check to receive clearances, register in the diocese’s database and complete the Protecting God’s Children training program.

Site Administrators

The site administrator will guide you through the process and answer your questions.

 

STEP 1: DIOCESAN DATABASE APPLICATION

If you do not have access to a computer, please contact your above Site Administrator for assistance.

To expedite the process, please have the following information on hand before starting the application:
 A. Residential History for the past seven (7) years;
B. Employment History for the past five (5) years;
C. Educational History starting with High School;
D. Volunteer History of the four (4) most recent volunteer activities; and  E. References: one (1) professional,
one (1) personal, and one (1) family member.

– Log onto the website for the Diocese of Pittsburgh at www.diopitt.org.

– Scroll-down the left side of the home page and click on “Safe Environment Database.” This will take you to the application login.

–  At the top of the Login Page click on the underlined click here where it says, “If you do not have a User ID and Password, please click here to register.”

–  You will now be at the “New User Registration” screen, and all fields under this will require entry except for the email address.

–  In the “Primary Site” field, select the entity where you do the majority of your work or ministry. The “Type of Application” requires you to check whether you are an employee or volunteer. The “User ID” field requires that you enter your own password for access to your application. The bottom of this screen explains the requirements of a User ID. The “Password” field is similar, and you will be asked to type it in twice.

–  This will take you to the “access code field” where you enter the diocesan password “Protect.”

–  In the “First Name” and “Last Name” fields, type in your name as it appears on your driver’s license. In the “Date of Birth” field, type your date of birth in the mm/dd/yyyy format. You will be asked to type it in twice.

–  Write down your User ID and Password for future reference, and click on “Register” button. You should receive a message that you have successfully registered.

–  Then, click on the underlined link where it says, “Please click here to login and continue your application.”

–  At the Login Page enter your User ID and Password, and click “Login.” This will take you to the “Application Screen” for you to fill our your application. Proceed to complete each section in turn.

–  When you get to the “Documents” page, read the provided online copies of the Code of Pastoral Conduct (CPC) and Child Protective Service Law (CPSL) documents, and verify by entering the date for each.

***WHEN STEP 1 HAS BEEN COMPLETED, CONTACT YOUR SITE ADMINISTRATOR***

STEP 2: PA CRIMINAL CLEARANCE

This step will be done automatically once you’ve completed the online Database Application (Step 1).

STEP 3: PA CHILD ABUSE CLEARANCE

This form may be obtained by contacting the Site Administrator. Please return the completed form to the Site Administrator WITHOUT filing it. He/she will do this on your behalf. After processing, the clearance will be sent to you. It will come as a plain envelope with your name on it. Once received, that ORIGINAL form needs to be brought to the Site Administrator where HE/SHE will copy it and return the original to you.

STEP 4: PROTECTING GOD’S CHILDREN WORKSHOP

This is a seminar promoting awareness of how to protect our youth from sexual predators. There is no fee. This program is offered online; and you may register at www.virtus.org. Or, to attend a live session at a local parish, go to www.diopitt.org; scroll-down to “Protecting God’s Children Workshops” on the left side.

STEP 5: FBI FINGERPRINT CLEARANCE

All employees of parishes and schools are required to obtain the fingerprint certification. Also, all volunteers who have NOT lived continuously for the past 10 years in PA must be fingerprinted. Volunteers who have lived continuously in PA for the past 10 years must sign a waiver. Please contact your Site Administrator for more information.

STEP 6: MANDATED REPORTER TRAINING

All clergy, all school employees, all school volunteers and all other employees and volunteers who are responsible for the welfare of a child or have regular contact with children must complete the online Mandated and Permissive Training Course offered by the University of Pittsburgh within 90 days of commencement of service. Go to www.diopitt.org and click on the Mandated Permissive Training Course link.