I was asked again recently, "What do I have to do for diocesan Child Protection certification or whatever it is called?"
So, I thought I'd post here what I shared (so you can share it with others who ask you!)
Our DCPP (Diocesan Child Protection Policy) compliance
begins with a 4 step process
to be done through one's parish/Catholic institution.
1. Read the Diocesan Child Protection Policy booklet (these are free and available through your parish/institution coordinator)
2. Sign and submit the booklet Authorization and Verification form to your parish/institution coordinator
3. Participate in a two-hour "Treasured Gifts from God" in-service
(dates and location are often listed in the monthly "Communique'" email (http://www.doy.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=128&Itemid=100 )
4. Have your fingerprints done via webcheck at any Ohio location having the report sent to your parish/institution. (If you are new to Ohio, an FBI check will need to be done.)
After these 4 steps, and a "clean" fingerprinting report is received by the parish/institution, the DCPP administrator submits a checklist to the Office of the Chancellor. Once the individual is entered into the diocesan data-base, that adult is found to be in compliance and can chaperon/drive/volunteer with/serve youth.
Furthermore, for those serving in youth ministries, your parish/institution coordinator should be providing ongoing education in this area, perhaps more on recognizing signs of abuse, or how to create a safe environment, etc.
So long as you stay in continuous service at the same institution, there is currently no need for re-fingerprinting. However, should you change locations or go inactive more than one year, then you are required to start the process over again.
Our diocesan Chancellor is always available to assist as needed, just contact the diocese at 330-744-8451.
Cindee Case, MPS
Director of the Diocese of Youngstown Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry.