On June 14, 2002, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops approved the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. The Charter addresses the Church’s commitment to deal appropriately and effectively with cases of sexual abuse of minors by clergy and other Church personnel (employees or volunteers). A firm commitment was made by the Bishops to provide a safe and secure environment for all children involved in programs operated by the Church.
As of July 1, 2015 Corpus Christi Catholic School and the State of Pennsylvania requires all parents/guardians who anticipate participation in school programs and events as a volunteer to undergo a criminal record check with the Pennsylvania State Police, the Department of Human Services, and the F.B.I. After receiving the completed clearances from the appropriate departments, all forms must be forwarded to the school office for verification and duplication. Parents/Guardians choosing not to undergo the required background checks will be unable to participate as a volunteer in any school functions, committees, programs, field trips, parties, etc. There can be no exception to this policy.
All volunteers working with students who attend Corpus Christi Catholic School in programs associated with the school and/or parish are also required to complete self-guided training course provided by the Diocese of Harrisburg. This mandatory training is required for all employees, all clergy and all those in formation for priesthood or diaconate, as well as for volunteers who have ongoing contact with minors. After completing this training all forms will be forwarded to the Diocese of Harrisburg who will then issue a Youth Protection ID Card that allows the parent/guardian to volunteer.
Please refer to the Creating a Safe Environment section of the appendix of this handbook for additional information. All volunteers must complete this program for their active volunteer status to continue.