Every student grades K-5, 6-8 and 9-12 will:
- Be trained in their parish or school using age appropriate resources from the Diocese.
- Parents may sign a form to opt out of this training, but they assume the task of addressing this important topic at home.
Every volunteer and staff person working with minors or vulnerable adults on a regular basis will:
- Have their background checked every 5 years, first required when s/he begins.
- Annually read the Sexual Misconduct Policy (as part of training).
- Annually read the Ethics and Integrity Guidelines (as part of training).
- Annually watch the short training video and fill in the requested data, remembering to click “Submit” when done online.
Safe Environment Contact People will then:
- Make sure students are trained every year and take a count of K-6 graders and 7-12 graders.
- Make sure staff/volunteer Background Checks are up to date before they engage in their ministries.
- Make sure staff/volunteers take the Annual Training online or face to face.
- Document the numbers of students trained and staff/volunteer names, background check dates, training dates, and other data and then fill out the Excel formatted Annual Compliance Report (XLS).
- Email the report to Terry Voigt at email@example.com in Excel format by June 30th.
- Print out that same report, have the pastor review and sign it, and file the paper at the parish/school indefinitely. This is important in case, years later, it is necessary to show that someone was trained annually and had the appropriate background check done every five years.
1. Student Training yearly
- Student materials can be found in your Safe Environment Binder that should be in your Parish or School. This year use ‘Year A’. For more information on the materials, see the Safe Environment Training for Students Page.
- Training must take place yearly. A count of student attendance should be added to the Annual Compliance Report (XLS). Please enter only the total number of students in the ‘# of Participants’ cells.
- Parents who do not want training for their children and youth must complete a Declination Statement (DOC). They are asked to talk with their children about safety. Resources for parents are in the Student Training Binder.
2. Adult Background Checks every 5 years for those over 18
Background checks need to be done every five years for people who work regularly with youth and/or vulnerable adults. The background checks should be done, of course, before they begin. The forms are below, and also included on the Adult Training page so they can print them out, sign them, and bring them to you.
- You will receive a monthly list of your staff and volunteers with their background check dates to monitor when they are due for renewal and so, at fiscal year’s end, you can copy and paste their dates into the Annual Compliance Report (XLS).
- Have your volunteers sign and return to you the VOLUNTEER Background Check Release Form (PDF) every five years. Background checks for volunteers are processed by MYB (Mind Your Business).
- Have your staff sign and return to you the PAID STAFF Background Check Release Form (PDF) every five years. These background checks are processed by MN-BCA (Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension).
- Include payment of $3.50 each for Volunteers and $8.00 each for Paid Staff. Make the check payable to the Diocese of Saint Cloud and mail it with the signed forms to: Reverend Robert Rolfes, The Chancery, PO Box 1248, Saint Cloud, MN 56302.
3. Adult Training yearly
Adults working with youth and/or vulnerable adults need to engage in training every year. The training may be done ONLINE or FACE to FACE.
Option 1: Online Training (see the video tutorial page illustrating the following):
- Trainees should go to Adult Training at http://stcdio.org/about/safe-environment/safeenvironmenttraining/ where they will read the Sexual Misconduct Policy, the Ethics and Integrity Guidelines, and watch the video. They will then fill in the questionnaire blanks and click “Submit.” Watch a video on how to do it here.
Checking “Yes” to “Did you read, understand, and agree to conduct yourself in accordance with the Sexual Misconduct Policy?” and “Did you read, understand, and agree to conduct yourself in accordance with the Ethics and Integrity Guidelines?” is considered the same as signing the questionnaire that face to face trainees fill out.
- Parish and School Safe Environment Contact people may view a list of online trainees at any time by going to http://stcdio.org/safe-training and logging in with the credentials obtained from Catholic Education Ministries at 320-251-0111. Watch a video on how to do it here.
Option 2: Face to Face Training:
- Trainees need to read the Diocesan Sexual Misconduct Policy which you can download from:
Diocesan Sexual Misconduct Policy (Revised April, 2017. English, PDF)
Política – Orden público en cuanto al abuso sexual Diócesis de Saint Cloud (The new policy will be translated. Spanish, DOC)
- And the Ethics and Integrity Guidelines.
Ethics and Integrity Guidelines (PDF)
- Face to face trainees may view the video individually or in a group by going to the Safe Environment Training page at http://stcdio.org/about/safe-environment/safeenvironmenttraining/. Facilitators can show the video from a computer on its screen or use a projector for groups, and conduct a discussion afterward if they like. Note that the video can be viewed full screen by clicking on the fullscreen icon on the bottom right of the video. The training video may also be downloaded to your computer by right clicking here (MP4) and selecting Save As…, Save Target As…, or Save Link as… depending on your browser.
- The trainees will then fill out the questionnaire that can be downloaded in a Word (DOC) or PDF version and then printed out. Collect them for own parish/school records.
- As volunteers or staff join after the training, they may do the Online Training if they like.
4. Filling in the Annual Compliance Report
Whether the training is done Online or Face to Face or a combination of both, trainees need to be listed in the Annual Compliance Report (XLS) and emailed to Terry Voigt at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than June 30. Remember, the Annual Compliance Report includes the Student Training Report. Watch a video on how to do it here.
- Download the Annual Compliance Report (XLS).
- Fill in the Student Training numbers, dates and any declination information.
- Fill in adult trainee names and information requested:
If some or all of your people took the online training, download their information in Excel format from http://stcdio.org/safe-training by logging in and then click on the “Report” menu command. Catholic Education Ministries, 320-251-0111, has given your parish or school a log-in name and password. Once logged in, you will see a list of the trainees displayed for quick reference and a menu item called “Report” that allows you to download the list in an Excel file. Copy and paste (paste special>values is cleaner) the information (except the answers to the video question) from the Excel file your downloaded into the Annual Compliance Report (XLS). Video instructions for viewing and downloading online trainee information may be viewed here.
For any names not entered online, please type them into the Annual Compliance Report (XLS) and enter the information. Note that, under ministry types, “Educator” refers to Catholic school principals or teachers. Tips on streamlining how you enter the information into the Excel spreadsheet can be viewed here.
- Email a copy of the Annual Compliance Report Spreadsheet (Excel format), which includes the Student Training Report, to Terry Voigt at email@example.com no later than June 30.
- Print out the Compliance Report Spreadsheet and have your pastor sign it. This printed and signed copy is for your records and should be kept indefinitely for documentation purposes for years ahead.
Note: The preferred method is to email us the Annual Compliance Report in its Excel format. We import the data from the Excel spreadsheet into a program for the Auditors. If need be, mail the printout to: Reverend Robert Rolfes, The Chancery, PO Box 1248, Saint Cloud, MN 56302.