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Local Safe Environment Coordinator Corner

Parish Local Safe Environment Coordinator Training Manual  **UPDATED** July 2021 

School Local Safe Environment Coordinator Training Manual **UPDATED** July 2021

Virtus Training Guide  

Sterling Volunteers User's Guide   

Click here to access Sterling Volunteers website

For Sterling Volunteers training use these videos: https://vimeo.com/channels/849692 / or access this guide: How to Enter a Manual Background Check

Click here to access Sterling (Employees) website 

For Sterling (Employee) training, watch this video: https://vimeo.com/146423789 (Access video using password 100%Sterling)

For questions regarding Sterling (Employees) or Sterling Volunteers , contact our Client Success Associate at either rcan@sterlingvolunteers.com or (855) 326-1860, Option 3. 

REVISED-April 2021 Instructions for logging onto Virtus to take Protecting God's Children for the first time

Annual USCCB Youth Protection Audit is open for the next audit period.  Due date is December, 1 2021.  You can enter numbers now for the upcoming year. Click here to access the audit http://youthprotection.rcan.org/ 

The Local Safe Environment Coordinator (LSEC) must ensure the volunteers (in ministry with minors) and employees at their location have the required safe environment documentation on file.

For Volunteers (in ministry with minors): a completed Volunteer application; signed Archdiocesan Code of Conduct; proof of Protecting God's Children certification/recertification and a current Sterling Volunteers background check.

For Employees: a completed Employee application; signed Archdiocesan Code of Conduct; proof of Protecting God's Children certification/recertification; and a current Sterling Backcheck background check

For Archdiocesan School Employees: an Employee application; signed Archdiocesan Code of Conduct; proof of Protecting God's Children certification/recertification; and documentation of a Criminal History background check (fingerprints)  from the New Jersey Department of Education Office of Student Protection -Criminal History Unit (must be archived to the employee's current school location). 

Protecting God's Children- Online recertification requirements

Individuals who have opted in to online recertification are required complete an annual training module (which has a certificate) AND read a monthly bulletin (article). The Office of Child and Youth Protection will suspend any individuals who have 18 monthly bulletins or more that are unread.  Their Virtus ID's will be suspended, and they will be unable to work/volunteer until they have restored their certification.  If this method isn't working for them, encourage them to take the class again instead (good for 5 years!) The LSEC must review this information monthly and contact any individuals at their parish or school who are behind. Individuals who are receive 2 suspensions will be ineligible for online recertification and will have to attend a live class to recertify.

Any LSEC that has users who are suspended should contact the Office of Child and Youth Protection (sect@rcan.org) for guidance. 

Background check reminder

Volunteers that are signing up for Protecting God's Children for the first time will be asked to sign the Archdiocesan Code of Conduct electronically, but they must print and sign page 23 and provide the hard copy  to the LSEC for their file.  In addition, they will be given a link for a Sterling Volunteer background check.  Make sure to stress with them they have to choose your location as their location in Virtus.   They will be marked Eligible if they come back clear .  Remember, the other people need you to mark them Eligible on your Sterling Volunteers Dashboard. If you are doing the checks or sending the link make sure to ask them if they've ever lived in NY State!  This is not on the application and is crucial for deciding which Level background check they get!

Contact Us

Karen Clark
Director, Department for the Protection of the Faithful
973-497-4254   email: clarkkar@rcan.org

Gina Criscuolo, LCSW
Coordinator, Office of Accompaniment
201-407-3256  eugenia.criscuolo@rcan.org

AnnMarie Caliguire
Safe Environment Compliance Officer, Office of Child and Youth Protection
973-497-4578 annmarie.caliguire@rcan.org

 

Any person who wishes to report an incident of sexual misconduct by a member of the clergy, religious or lay staff of the Archdiocese of Newark should contact the Archdiocese as follows:

By Mail: 
Director, Department for the Protection of the Faithful
The Archdiocese of Newark
171 Clifton Avenue
Newark, NJ 07104 

By Phone: 
201-407-3256

By Fax: 
973-497-4001