Required Youth Protection Training for All Youth Volunteers:
Diocese of Birmingham in Alabama Youth Protection Program
The Diocese of Birmingham has long recognized that children, youth and other vulnerable persons can be at risk from certain individuals present in every community. Individuals who for whatever reason, prey on those weaker than themselves. We recognize that whenever children and youth are out of their parent's direct care they are especially at risk.
In 1991 a set of policies and procedures were promulgated to help ensure that Catholic institutions and programs would be as safe as possible from those seeking to harm minors.
Training sessions were implemented to prepare staff and volunteers to continue their ministries in safe and healthy ways, and to properly respond and report allegations of suspected child abuse.
Policies, procedures and training continue to change and grow as the needs of Catholic institutions have changed.
Currently, the Diocese of Birmingham requires adults who work with the youth of our parish and school to complete a training course and to submit an Volunteer Inquiry Release Form to complete a background check.
To meet these requirements, there are training sessions throughout the diocese held periodically throughout the year and that are available online. There is no cost to attend the on-site training sessions or online training. Training is valid for a three year period and is available both in English and in Spanish.
After completion of the on-line course, we ask that you print a Completion Certificate from the VIRTUS Protecting God's Children website and a completed Volunteer Inquiry Release Form from the link below. Submit both documents to the parish office.