Called to Protect

“To be understood as to understand,
To be loved as to love, For it is in giving that we receive. . .”
~ from The Prayer of Saint Francis

Volunteer Requirements & Training Information

Holy Cross Catholic School and Parish, 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.

The deadline for completing Called to Protect Training was December 1, 2017.

Volunteer Background Check: You must renew your background check every 3 years.

This year the Child Protection Office is joining with the Marriage and Family Life Office in using a course provided by Covenant Eyes and Catholic Mutual Group on the dangers of pornography. You will see on this information sheet that clergy, employees and volunteers will login to the Covenant Eyes website to access the video presentation and complete the quiz. Once you have completed both, a certificate will be created for you. Print the certificate and give to the school.

Flyer in English Flyer in Espanol

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.

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.

Training Courses: 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. You do not need to go back and complete online courses from past years.

Online course for 2017-2018

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.

If you have any questions regarding the Call to Protect series or questions regarding these expectations, please contact Melissa Compton.