Safe Environment

Welcome to St. John’s Safe Environment page where you can gather all of the information you need to become an active volunteer at St. John the Evangelist Parish. We are humbled by and grateful for your desire to join our parish family in a unique and critical way as a volunteer with our youth. The church relies so much on your involvement and dedication to our mission of living the Gospel and holding the dignity of each person in great esteem. Without your work and involvement, we would not be able to offer all of these programs to our parish family. There are a variety of components required of you as a volunteer before you give of your time and talents in this way. These clearances and trainings are asked of you in order to keep our children and volunteers safe and create a community built on trust and transparency. Thank you, again, for taking the time to volunteer with us and complete all of these components of the Safe Environment program. Please take this opportunity now to check out the different clearances and trainings and see what needs to be completed for each. Any and all questions can be directed to Bob Schenck, Safe Environment Coordinator at the Parish Office Building (215-295-4102) located in the former Convent.

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Safe Environment Requirements
Archdiocese of Philadelphia

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In order to create a safe environment in which our children can thrive, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia imposes the following requirements for all staff members and volunteers. For more information, please visit the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Office of Youth and Child Protection’s website and the Office Of Catholic Education website.

Safe Environment Requirements
Volunteers Employees
Required for ALL volunteers PA State Police Criminal Record Check
(Complete online)
PA State Police Criminal Record Check
and
PA Department of Child Welfare
(Complete online)
PA Department of Child Welfare
(Complete online)
Required for volunteers who have
regular contact with children
Safe Environment Training
(Register online and attend session)
Safe Environment Training
(Register online and attend session)
Mandated Reporter Training
(Complete online)
Mandated Reporter Training
(Complete online)
Federal Background Check
 (For volunteers  who have not been continuous residents of   
Pennsylvania for the past 10 years.)
Federal Background Check
(Complete online)

 

PA State Police Request For Criminal Record Check
and
PA Department of Public Welfare
Child Abuse Clearance Check

1.Complete and submit the PA Criminal Record check online by clicking  here.

2. Complete and submit the Child Abuse Clearance form online by clicking here

3. Make copies of both forms and submit email or hard copies to the Rectory Office.

Safe Environment Training

To view list of dates and locations, and register for a session click here. Registration is required.

Mandated Reporter Training

Required of all employees and volunteers. Click here to access the Office of Child and Youth Protection Training Institute to register and complete this training online.

Mandated Reporter Acknowledgement Form

Required of all employees and volunteers. Click here to download.

Federal Background Check

A Federal background check is required of all parish staff regardless of residency as well as all parish volunteers who have not been continuous residents of Pennsylvania for the past 10 years. This must be obtained through the Cogent Systems using the Department of Human Services portal. Instructions for completing and submitting your information for this check are located on the Cogent website https://www.pa.cogentid.com/index_dpwNew.htm

All volunteers who have been continuous residents of Pennsylvania for more than the last 10 years are asked to sign a Residency Disclosure Statement which can be signed and submitted to the Parish Office. You can download the form here.