• SAFE ENVIRONMENT PROGRAM

    Saint Jude School Volunteers


    If you wish to volunteer in any capacity at St. Jude Parish, you must first have ALL clearances on file before you can perform any duties at St. Jude Parish.

    The following guidelines are reflective of the 2015 changes to Pennsylvania Child Protective Services Law and Archdiocesan Policy for the Protection of Children and Young People effective July 1, 2015.

     PA State and PA Child Abuse clearances, including FBI, must be renewed every five years (60 months).

    • Volunteers who have been a resident of Pennsylvania for less than 10 years must renew their FBI Fingerprint clearance until they reach 10 years of residency in Pennsylvania. Once the volunteer meets the 10 year residency requirement, they must complete a Volunteer Disclosure Statement (available above for download) for Volunteers which must be submitted every three years.
    Once a year, St. Jude Parish will offer a Protecting God's Children training class. The dates and times will be published in the church bulletin.  If you need to take a class to complete your clearances, please visit www.virtusonline.org.
     
     

    The following documents are required for active employees/volunteers at St. Jude’s Parish: 

    • PA State Police Criminal Background Check

           Can be obtained online at https://epatch.state.pa.us/Home.jsp with results available within a few                 minutes

           Free for Volunteers (effective 7/25/15)

    • PA Child Abuse History Clearance          

           Can be obtained online at  https://www.compass.state.pa.us/CWIS

           Free for Volunteers (effective 7/25/15)

    • FBI Fingerprint Clearance - Only needed if you have NOT been a resident in PA for the past 10 years.
    • Cert. of attendance at a Safe Environment Training Session www.virtusonline.org/virtus
    • Cert. of completion of Mandated Reporter Training www.childyouthprotection.org
    • Disclosure Statement for Volunteers (available in the rectory or school)
    • Signed copy of “Standards of Ministerial Behavior”
    You will not be permitted to volunteer until you have all the necessary paperwork completed.

    Any questions, please call Gina Horan at the rectory (215-822-0179) or email ghoran@stjudechalfont.org