Would You Like to Volunteer in Your Child’s Classroom?
The Diocese of Phoenix has implemented a mandatory training program for all volunteers and employees of the diocese, particularly those in contact with minors and vulnerable adults. We call this ‘Safe Environment Training’ or ‘Called to Protect for Ministries’. The program is designed to educate and empower adults about how to maintain a safe environment for our children, prevent abuse in our community, and uphold the integrity of the Catholic Church. Those who have not previously completed Safe Environment Training begin with a one-time 3-hour foundation course.
During the foundation class, participants will learn:
- How to separate the facts from the myths about child sexual abuse
- How sexual offenders gain access to children
- What to do when you see warning signs in children or adults
- How to maintain respectful boundaries and avoid misunderstandings
In addition, attendees will complete a volunteer application and sign a the Diocese of Phoenix Code of Ethics. As part of the application, volunteers are required to be finger printed and provide three personal or professional references. Due to the sensitive nature of the subject matter, no one under 18 years old should attend these classes. It is for this reason that OLMC provides childcare for foundation classes held on campus. Also, there is a separate safe environment training geared toward minors.
Once volunteers complete the foundation course, they must renew their safe environment training annually at the start of each new school year. Volunteers can complete their annual renewals by viewing a 30-minute video on the safe environment website, and should watch all the way through the end credits of the video to receive credit for the training. Renewal classes can be found under the ‘My Obligations’ tab.
Need more info?
To register for a class, please go to the safe environment website and choose a training session under the ‘Register for Classes’ tab.
Questions? Contact OLMC’s safe environment coordinator, James Salas, at 480-967-8791, ext. 228.