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St. Thomas a'Becket is committed to keeping children and other vulnerable populations (e.g., elderly, people with disabilities) safe by following the Archdiocese of Detroit guidelines. The Archdiocese of Detroit combines best practices with continuous improvement to increase awareness of safe programs and surroundings and to empower children, youth and adults to avoid and report unsafe or harmful situations. At St. Thomas a'Becket, every staff member, adult volunteer, and teen volunteer is required to attend training in the prevention, identification and reporting of abuse.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR ADULT VOLUNTEERS
Adult volunteers (age 18 and older) who have contact with children or other vulnerable populations are expected to:
INSTRUCTIONS FOR HIGH SCHOOL VOLUNTEERS
All high school students, aged 16 or older, who are paid employees or receive a stipend for work in parishes, schools and affiliated agencies, or who volunteer assisting an adult or in a direct service role involving children, must attend a Called to Serve training workshop. Since teens are minors, the Archdiocese of Detroit recommends volunteers or employees under age 18 working with children be paired with an adult or another teen and be regularly supervised by an adult.
Within six (6) months of their volunteer services start date, teen volunteers who have contact with children or other vulnerable populations are expected to:
INSTRUCTIONS FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL VOLUNTEERS
All youth in grades 6-8 and those in high school who will not be 16 at the time of their volunteer service, who volunteer must turn in a Teen Background Check form. Since middle school students are minors, the Archdiocese of Detroit recommends volunteers or employees under age 18 working with children be paired with an adult or another teen and be regularly supervised by an adult. Middle School students must:
CATHOLIC YOUTH ORGANIZATION (CYO) DEADLINES FOR COACHES, VOLUNTEERS AND PAID STAFF
The Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) has the following Protecting God's Children workshop deadlines for its volunteers and paid staff:
- Fall sports–workshop must be completed by September 25
- Winter sports–workshop must be completed by January 14
- Spring sports–workshop must be completed by April 30
To report abuse by clergy or church personnel, contact the Archdiocesan Victim Assistance Coordinator at (866) 343-8055. For other abuse reporting resources, please visit the Archdiocese of Detroit's reporting page. This page provides contact numbers by county, as well as resources for counseling and support services.
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