Safe Environment / Volunteer Policies
Thank you for your willingness to share your time and talents with the young people of our parish. The Diocese of Knoxville and St. Augustine Parish care very deeply about the safety and well-being of the children and youth entrusted to us.
Not only do we run a background check on the adults who work and volunteer with our youth we ask that all volunteers complete the Protecting God's Children / Safe Environment training program by a certified VIRTUS instructor. In the program, adults will be made aware of the signs of child sexual abuse, the methods and means by which offenders commit abuse, and five easy steps one can use to prevent child sexual abuse.
Step 1: Class
The first step to volunteering is to attend a Virtus - Protecting God's Children class.
Step 2: Paperwork
In order to be cleared to volunteer with our youth the following items must be completed and returned to Heather Wilson, the Director of Religious Education:
1. The certificate you received (or will receive) upon completion of the Virtus - Protecting God's Children class. You will either receive a certificate of attendance from the facilitator or you may print one out from the Virtus website. Please keep one for your records and turn one in to the DRE (many other parishes use Virtus and your certificate can be transferred if you move to another parish).
2. Signed paperwork
Step 3: Volunteering
After you have attended the Virtus class and completed the paperwork you are ready to begin volunteering. All those on our parish who have the opportunity to be alone with or in proximity to either a minor or a vulnerable adult must comply with the diocese's safe environment program. Examples could include: catechists, chaperones, scout leaders and volunteers, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion if they serve the homebound etc. (for a more complete list see the Diocese of Knoxville website).
Please complete the following forms.
Please read the Diocese of Knoxville Policy and Procedure form and fill out the following pages:
Pgs 31-32 Appendix D
Pg 33 Appendix E
Pg 34 Appendix F
Pg 47 Appendix G
Pg 48 Appendix H
Questions? Contact Heather Wilson at 423-886-3424 or firstname.lastname@example.org