Protecting God’s Children
Through our Christian baptism we are all called to share in the responsibility of protecting those who are the most vulnerable — especially the children, entrusted to our care.
Abuse of children and vulnerable adults is a national and international problem. Experts agree that the most effective way to prevent abuse is to have policies, procedures and programs in place to educate children, young people and adults on how to recognize and prevent abuse.
The Diocese of Pittsburgh is committed to the prevention of abuse of children and young people and has a strong public record of responding to accusations of clergy sexual misconduct and has had published policies in place since 1993.
All adults (clergy, employees and volunteers) in positions of trust in regard to minors must adhere to clear and well publicized standards of ministerial behavior commonly referred to as the Code of Pastoral Conduct. They must undergo a background screening to ensure that they do not pose a threat to minors and attend a course, Protecting God’s Children, on how to recognize and prevent child abuse.
All adults (clergy, employees and volunteers) in positions of trust in regard to minors must do the following:
- Complete an online database application to track compliance with the national charter
- Complete the Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Check
- Complete the Department of Public Welfare Child Abuse History
- Attend a Protecting God’s Children class
- Acknowledge that they will adhere to the standards of behavior contained in the Code of Pastoral Conduct
The cost of any clearance check is covered by St. Bede Parish.
Safe Environment Coordinator
Every parish is required to have a safe environment coordinator appointed by the pastor. At St. Bede, our coordinator is Mrs. Judy Meyers. Mrs. Meyers ensures that anyone in the parish having regular contact with minors has completed all required training and attained necessary clearances. If you are planning to complete the Protecting God’s Children program, please contact Mrs. Meyers immediately. She will walk you through the process and make sure the necessary paperwork is complete. Mrs. Meyers is available to help those without access to or knowledge of computers.