Called to Protect

Volunteer Requirements & Training Information

Holy Cross Catholic School, along with every other school and church within the Archdiocese of Portland, follows requirements for the prevention of sexual abuse, referred to as Called to Protect.  These requirements are set forth by the Archdiocese to ensure that our volunteers and staff are trained and cleared to work in schools, and that our schools and churches remain safe for our kids.

Listed below are the Archdiocesan requirements to volunteer with children. Depending on your clearance status last school year, you are required to complete some of the requirements detailed below. 

Requirements for new volunteers.  A new volunteer is someone who has not been cleared through the Archdiocese of Portland to volunteer.

  1. Volunteer Background Check: You must renew your background check every 3 years.  When your background check has cleared, you will be entered into the Archdiocesan system. At this point you will be able to log in to complete the Standards of Conduct (see below).
  2. View the “Called to Protect” DVD Series: This is a one time requirement for volunteers working directly with children 4 or more times per year.
  3. Read and Sign the “Standards of Conduct”. This is a one-time requirement.

Go to http://www.praesidiuminc.com/armatus/armatus_login.php?sm=x&mc=0&mx=t  At “login”, enter your user name – the 1st initial of your 1st name and your full last name on the Armatus course page.   Your password is the four numerical digits of your birthday followed by your state abbreviation. Scroll down to the Standards of Conduct module, click on this and follow the directions. You don’t need to do any other courses this year.

Requirements for previously cleared volunteers.  Previously cleared volunteers may include volunteers from returning families as well as anyone who may have been cleared through their church or another Catholic School to volunteer last school year.

  1. Maintain Current Volunteer Background Check: You must renew your background check every 3 years.
  2. View yearly online video update: This is a yearly requirement, and a new video will be released each year. The video for the 2014-2015 school year is called Duty to Report: Mandated Reporter Requirements and Best Practices.. (Required for those who volunteer four or more times through the year.) Follow this link: http://www.praesidiuminc.com/armatus/armatus_login.php?sm=x&mc=0&mx=t

Background Check

In accordance with the Archdiocese of Portland, every adult volunteer must have a background check whether you are working directly with children or not. Background checks are renewed every THREE years. Forms can be obtained through the front office. Once your background is processed, you will receive a card from the Archdiocese of Portland that allows you to volunteer at any parish, school or other entity within the Archdiocese. The issue and expiration date are also listed on the card for your reference.

Called to Protect DVD Series

For volunteers working directly with children 4 or more times per year. During the training, you will watch TWO videos - Called to Protect for Parents and Families and Called to Protect for Ministries. Training lasts about 1.5 hours.  You are only required to watch the DVD series one 

September 24, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. in the School Hall

Online Training Courses

For returning volunteers beginning the school year after  they complete the DVD training. Each year, the Archdiocese requires that one specific online course be viewed in order to stay current. Volunteers need only to complete the one online course specified for each year.  They do not need to go back and complete online courses from past years. The 2013-2014 course is called Preventing Sexual Activity between Young Children. This will take approximately 50 minutes for you to complete.

Your login is the first initial of your first name and your full last name.

For example: Bob Smith's login is bsmith.

Your password is the four numerical digits of your birthday followed by your state abbreviation.

For example: Bob Smith lives in Oregon and his birthday is March 26th so his password is 03260R.

 

Office of Child Protection/Victim Assistance

Follow the link for the Archdiocesan Office of Child Protection and Victim Assistance.  The webpage includes links to the Archdiocese Child Abuse Policy, Code of Conduct, and Standards of Conduct.  These policies are available in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese. http://www.archdpdx.org/cpo/

 

 

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