Saint Elizabeth ParishSafeEnvironment2

Safe Environment Requirements


PA state law and Archdiocesan policy requires all church personnel and volunteers obtain background checks (Part I) prior to beginning work/service, and training to be completed within 45 days of your start date (Part II). PLEASE SUBMIT COMPLETED FORMS TO THE PARISH SERVICES OFFICE.

All Volunteers (including coaches)

(Part I – PA law) Background Check & Clearance Requirements are as follows:

All three clearances must be renewed every 5 years and submitted to the parish office.

            1a.       Federal Fingerprint Background Check*  If you have not been a Pennsylvania resident for 10 continuous years.


            1b.       Volunteer Application Disclosure form *  If you have been a Pennsylvania resident for 10 continuous years.

            2.         Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Background Check *

            3.         Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance *


(Part II – Archdiocese of Philadelphia Policy) Training Requirements are as follows:

All volunteers who have regular contact with children must complete the following training and return certificates of attendance/completion to the Parish Services Office:

            1.         Safe Environment Part I: Protecting God’s Children class (in person)**

Protecting God's Children Certificate must be returned to the Parish Services Office along with all other requirements.

For registration and class locations go to: You may take the class at any location.

If your volunteer start date occurs before you are able to take the class, Please Complete This Form once you have registered.

            2.         Safe Environment Part II: Mandatory Reporter of Suspected Child Abuse

Must be completed on-line through the OCYP website at under “Training Institute”.


In addition, all coaches must attend the Archdiocese of Philadelphia CYO Coaches Orientation session. Locations of the sessions can be viewed here:

 CYO Athletic Ministry of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia – Human Kinetics Coach Education

Please turn in a copy of your certificate of attendance to the parish office to be kept on file.

Those who do not comply will be moved to “inactive status” and not be permitted to work or volunteer until all requirements have been met.

* Required by Pennsylvania state law.  

**Classes offered at Saint Elizabeth for 2022/2023: September 29, 2022; November 2, 2022; January 26, 2023; March 16, 2023 


For questions contact Parish Services Office

( or 610-321-1200)