Clergy, employees and volunteers are
required to attend a VIRTUS Child Protection training session
and read and sign a
code of conduct.
In addition, we are
required to have a thorough background check, including a
criminal history, completed for each clergy, employee
volunteer. We do this for their protection and for the
protection of children and young people, and the parish as a
Our children are the most important gifts God has entrusted to
us. As a volunteer, I promise to strictly follow the rules and
in this Employee's and Volunteer’s Code of Conduct as
a condition of my providing services to the children and youth
of our parish.
As an employee or volunteer, I will:
- Treat everyone with respect, loyalty, patience, integrity,
courtesy, dignity, and consideration.
- Avoid situations where I am alone with children and/or youth
at Church activities.
- Use positive reinforcement rather than criticism, competition,
or comparison when working with children and/or youth.
- Refuse to accept expensive gifts from children and/or youth or
their parents without prior written approval from the pastor.
- Refrain from giving expensive gifts to children and/or youth
without prior written approval from the parents or guardian
- Report suspected abuse to the pastor, administrator, or
appropriate supervisor and the
(1-800-342-3720). I understand that failure to
report suspected abuse to civil authorities is, according to the
- Cooperate fully in any investigation of abuse of children
As an employee or volunteer, I will not:
- Smoke or use tobacco products in the presence of children
- Use, possess, or be under the influence of alcohol at any time
- Use, possess, or be under the influence of illegal drugs at
- Pose any health risk to children and/or youth (i.e., no fevers
or other contagious situations).
- Strike, spank, shake, or slap children and/or youth.
- Humiliate, ridicule, threaten, or degrade children and/or
- Touch a child and/or youth in a sexual or other inappropriate
- Use any discipline that frightens or humiliates children
- Use profanity in the presence of children and/or youth.