Safe Environment Overview

The Safe Environment Policy was created to take reasonable measures to assure that Church personnel who have regular contact with minors are committed to providing a safe environment for children and youth, are capable of identifying and preventing abuse of children, and have no personal history of behavior that would be a threat to children.

This policy applies to all Church personnel who have regular contact with minors. Church personnel is defined as all adult persons (those 18 years of age or older), whether clergy, members of consecrated life, or laity, who, as employees or volunteers, act in the name of the Church under the auspices of the Diocese of Pittsburgh or one of its parishes.

Safe Environment Requirements

The Diocese of Pittsburgh requires that all volunteers in ministry with children comply with the Safe Environment Policy which includes the following components:

  1. Diocesan Database and National Criminal Record Check
  2. PA Criminal Record Check (Completed with step one)
  3. PA Child Abuse History
  4. Protecting God's Children Workshop
  5. Pastoral Code of Conduct
  6. Child Protective Services Law Acknowledgement

Background Checks by Ministry

The Diocese of Pittsburgh has mandated the following ministries are required to comply with the Safe Environments Policy.

  1. Altar Server–Adult
  2. Bereavement Team Coordinator/Volunteer
  3. Business Manager/Bookkeeper
  4. Cantor
  5. Catechetical Administrator
  6. Catechist
  7. Catechist Aide
  8. Catechumenate Director
  9. Catholic Committee on Scouting Leader/Volunteer
  10. Chaperone
  11. Child Care Giver/Babysitter
  12. Choir Director–Vocal/Bell
  13. Choir Member–Vocal/Bell
  14. Deacon–Permanent/Transitional
  15. Diocesan Priest Incardinated in the Diocese and on Assignment or Retired within the Diocese
  16. Diocesan Priest Not Incardinated in the Diocese, on Assignment or in Residence in the Diocese
  17. Diocesan Staff Member whose duties require regular contact with minors
  18. Director of Music Ministry
  19. Elderly Outreach Coordinator/Volunteer
  20. Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion
  21. Family Life Minister/Volunteer
  22. Fund Raising Worker/Volunteer (e.g., bingo, festival, fish fry, etc.) whose duties require regular contact with minors
  23. Housekeeper/Cook
  24. Janitor/Maintenance Worker
  25. Lector/Reader
  26. Liturgical Art and Environment Coordinator/Volunteer
  27. Organist/Instrumentalist
  28. Parish Wedding Coordinator
  29. Pastoral Associate/Minister
  30. Religious Order Priest on Assignment in the Diocese
  31. Respect Life Coordinator/Legislative Advocate
  32. Sacristan
  33. Secretary–Parish/Religious Education/School/ Youth Ministry
  34. Seminarian
  35. Trainer–Youth Altar Servers and/or Lectors
  36. Usher/Greeter/Minister of Hospitality
  37. Youth Minister
  38. Youth Ministry Volunteer

Please see Required Clearances page for more details.