The Diocesan Policy, Protecting God's Children, requires every volunteer working with children under the age of 16 to:
- read and be familiar with the Diocesan Policy on Sexual Abuse and sign the Code of Pastoral Conduct.
- attend a workshop entitled Protecting God's Children
- have a criminal background check
This is not an optional policy, which a parish can choose to participate in or not. It is required that every church volunteer and employee partake in the 3-fold policy listed above.
Diocesan Mandate requires that we must 100% compliant with all of our school parents, religious education personnel, CYO, and all adults working with confirmation, youth, and children's ministries.
IMPORTANT - Volunteers or employees working with children in our parish may not begin work until all three requirements are met. Physical evidence of compliance with each item must be on file in our parish office before you can be cleared to work:
- a signed Code of Conduct
- a certificate of attendance at a workshop
- clearance from an online background check
If you should have any questions or concerns on your status as a volunteer in any of our church programs please contact the St. Therese Parish Office at 973-584-8271 ex 711.
Criminal Background Check: Fingerprinting is NO LONGER required. An online background check is done by a subcontracted firm called Sterling Infosystems Inc. All instructions for completing the background check and obtaining the proper disclosure forms is included. You
must COMPLETE THIS STEP FIRST-before you register for a workshop!!!
Code of Pastoral Conduct: Read it, print out the signature page (page 9), sign it, and send it to the rectory.
Protecting God's Children Workshop: Pre-registration is necessary To register go online to www.virtus.org and click on Registration. We are part of the Diocese of Paterson. Choose a workshop location offered at nearby parishes. Get a certificate of attendance upon completion of the course and forward the copy to the rectory so we can make record of your attendance.