Volunteers/Safe Environment Policy

Safe Environment Policy

  1. Register on the Pittsburgh Diocese Safe Environment Database at www.diopitt.org (one time only).  Scroll down to the “Safe Environment Database Application” in the left column.   Click on “If you don’t have a user ID and password”. The site will ask for an “access code”. The access code is “protect”. Complete the required information. The Criminal Record Clearance will automatically be generated with registration on the Database. You will also sign the Code of Pastoral Conduct and the Child Protective Service Training Law.


  1. The PA Child Abuse Clearance, Release form and Fingerprint Waiver will be sent home with your child. Please complete them and return them to CCD. There is no longer a fee to obtain your Child Abuse Clearances.  The CCD office will mail your completed Child Abuse History Clearance Form and the Release to the Department of Public Welfare.


  1. Take the Protecting God’s Children Workshop.  It is available on-line.  Go to www.virtus.org and click on “Registration”.  You will fill out the registration information and then be able to choose your session.  The on-line session is at the bottom of the list and is available in English and in Spanish.  Please print out the certificate and send a copy into CCD.


  1. The final step is to complete the Mandated Reporter Training.  This is available at www.diopitt.org.  Click on the “On-line Training for Mandated Reporters” tab.  Follow the prompts and begin the session.  Once complete, please print out the certificate and return to CCD. This is a Pennsylvania state mandated requirement.


Once all of the above steps are complete, you will be in compliance with the Diocese of Pittsburgh’s Safe Environment Policy and will be permitted to volunteer