Safe Environment

TO REGISTER FOR A CLASS

If you are interested in volunteering or renewing your Safe Environment certification, please click HERE to register for a class.  If you are registering for the first time you will need to choose “I NEED A VIRTUS PROFILE”.  When registering in Virtus you will need to have an ID and password.  The initial class is “Protecting God’s Children” and is a 3 hour class.  If you are renewing your class you will need to choose “I HAVE A VIRTUS PROFILE”.  The renewal class is “Keeping the Promise Alive” and is a 1 ½ hour class.

Safe Environment Certification for Employees and Adult Volunteers is REQUIRED PRIOR TO SERVING in Ministry AND MUST BE RENEWED EVERY TWO YEARS.

If you have any questions please contact Suzanne at or 817-623-2430.

Safe Environment training is required and must be renewed every 2 years (adults) for all Clergy, Religious, Lay Employees and Volunteers.

PRIOR TO THE START OF SERVICE All Clergy, Religious, Lay Employees and Volunteers are required to fulfill all mandatory steps, have an acceptable criminal background check and must successfully complete the required ongoing training as a condition of continued employment or volunteer/ministry service.

STEPS PRIOR TO SERVING IN MINISTRY OR OTHER VOLUNTEER SERVICE

ADULTS (18 yrs. +)

  1. Completion of the Volunteer Ministry Application, including the names and contact information of 3 (non-family member) references, who will be contacted.
  2. Signed Authorization for Release of Information form.
  3. Completion of the National Criminal Search including Sex Offender background check.
  4. Successful completion of the Protecting God's Children class.
  5. Signed Code of Conduct Agreement form upon review of the Diocesan Code of Conduct &
    Behavior Standards for All Clery, Religious and Lay Ministers.

TEENS (13 yrs to 17 yrs)

  1. Attend a Teen Leader Training Safe Environment class.
  2. Complete a Code of Conduct.
  3. Complete a Youth Ministry Volunteer Application including the names and contact information of 2 references, who will be contacted.
  4. Must attend Empowering God's Children class yearly. The Empowering God's Children class is given through the Catholic School and Religious Education. Parents can teach the class at home through Virtus. You will need a password and ID to make a profile.

PRE-TEENS (11 & 12 yrs.)

  1. Parents must sign a release authorization permission for the children to volunteer.
  2. Parents must teach the "Educational Program for Pre-Teen Volunteers" booklet to their child.
  3. Pre-teen must complete and sign the Teen Leader Code of Conduct Agreement form.
  4. Parent must complete and sign the Certificate of Attendance and return the top of the form.
  5. Must attend Empowering God's Children class yearly. The Empowering God's Children class is given through the Catholic School and Religious Education. Parents can teach the class at home through Virtus. You need an ID and password to make a profile.

Available Classes

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Virtus

Click on the link to make a profile and register for Virtus.

Create Profile & Register

If you already have a Virtus profile Click Here

Empowering God's Children

The Empowering God’s Children Program is for children and youth, Kindergarten through grade 12, to teach them about boundaries, how to recognize boundary violations, how to respond to persons who violate their boundaries, and how to report such violations to parents, family members and other trusted adults.  The sessions are taught in the Catholic Schools and in parish religious education.  Empowering God’s Children is a prerequisite to applying for Teen Leader Training.

Must have a Virtus profile-contact Suzanne at  so she can give you the educator tab & instructions. 
Click on the link if you already have a profile in Virtus.

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Requirements

DRIVING REQUIREMENTS

  • A volunteer driver must possess a valid Texas license, with classification proper for the type of vehicle driven (provide a copy)
  • A volunteer driver must be 21 years of age or older.
  • A DRIVER INFORMATION SHEET must be completed when an individual initially volunteers and annually thereafter-see attached driving documents
  • The Driver Information Sheet will be reviewed annually by appropriate personnel to ensure that the driver is eligible to drive, as determined by the Diocesan Rating System.
  • A volunteer’s vehicle must be currently licensed/registered and inspected. This documentation must be properly displayed.
  • A volunteer must annually provide proof of auto liability insurance in amounts of not less than $100,000/$300,000/$25,000 on their personal auto (provide a copy of declaration page of auto insurance showing required amounts-each time it expires)
  • Complete Authorization for Driving Check-see attached driving documents

CREDIT REQUIREMENTS

  • Anyone handling money, credit cards or gift cards needs to complete an Authorization for a Credit Check-see attached credit documents

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT US