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Safe Environment

The Archdiocese’s Safe Environment Program is a proactive model that works to shift the power from the child abuser to the community of protectors. The 73,000-plus adults trained by the program return to their parishes, classrooms and places of service with sound knowledge to foster a network of protection for our young people.

Information for Volunteers

Thank you to all our wonderful volunteers for all you do each and every day to support the St. Ignatius community and programs. The following information provides the Safe Environment guidelines which reflect the changes to the Pennsylvania Child Protective Services laws which came into effect in 2015.

Required Clearances

Archdiocesan policy requires that volunteers who may have any possible contact with children complete the following background checks and clearances:

Clearances for Volunteers Living in PA for Less than 10 years:

Please FORWARD THE CLEARANCE CERTIFICATES to the parish business office upon completion. Email to hr@stignatius.church or mail to St. Ignatius Church, 999 Reading Avenue, Yardley, PA 19067 Attn: Human Resources.

Clearances for Volunteers Living in PA Continuously for 10 years or more:

Please FORWARD THE CLEARANCE CERTIFICATES to the parish business office upon completion. Email to hr@stignatius.church or mail to St. Ignatius Church, 999 Reading Avenue, Yardley, PA 19067 Attn: Human Resources.

Volunteers who reside in Pennsylvania DO NOT have a provisional period and MUST OBTAIN clearances prior to beginning service.

Volunteers who reside in another state or country may serve for no more than 30 days as long as they provide clearances from their state or country of residence.

Clearance Renewal Requirements

Volunteers who have been a resident of Pennsylvania for less than 10 years must renew their FBI Fingerprint clearance every five (5) years until they reach 10 years of residency in Pennsylvania. Once the volunteer meets the 10 year residency requirement, they must complete a Disclosure Statement Application for Volunteers which must be submitted every five years.

All other required clearances must be renewed every five years.

Training Requirements

Volunteers who have regular contact with children (at least one time per week) are required to complete parts one and two of the Safe Environment training within 90 days of beginning their volunteer work.

  • Part I: Protecting God’s Children (instructor-led), is offered regularly at sites throughout the Archdiocese. The training provides basic facts about child sexual abuse and adults’ roles in prevention. Register here »
  • Part II: The Mandatory Reporting of Suspected Child Abuse (online), is available online at our Training Institute in English and Spanish. This training provides an overview of Archdiocesan reporting procedures for suspected child abuse and Pennsylvania Child Welfare Laws. The training should take you approximately one hour to complete. Register here »

For additional information, please visit the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Office of Child and Youth Protection website at www.childyouthprotection.org or call the St. Ignatius Safe Environment Coordinator at 215-493-3377 ext. 212 or email at hr@stignatius.church with any questions.