Youth Protection Training

Youth Protection Training

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At this time, the Diocese of Birmingham is not offering the online training option for Safe Environment Training as the company who offered this training has gone out of business.  Please check their website for information on classroom instruction to receive your clearances.  Classroom instruction will resume in 2018; all classes for 2017 have concluded.  The information below is for information only.

In accordance with the Diocese of Birmingham, all diocesan employees and volunteers who have contact with children or vulnerable adults must complete  Safe Environment Training, also known as Youth Protection Training. Once completed, the certification is valid for three years. You must send a copy of your completed certification to Cathy Yarbrough in religious education or scan and email a copy it to her at cathy.yarbrough@popcatholic.org.

The Diocese of Birmingham has long recognized that children, youth and other vulnerable persons can be at risk from certain individuals present in every community. Individuals who for whatever reason, prey on those weaker than themselves. We recognize that whenever children and youth are out of their parents' direct care, they are especially at risk. In 1991 a set of policies and procedures were promulgated to help ensure that Catholic institutions and programs would be as safe as possible from those seeking to harm minors. Training sessions were implemented to prepare staff and volunteers to continue their ministries in safe and healthy ways, and to properly respond and report allegations of suspected child abuse. Policies, procedures and training continue to change and grow as the needs of Catholic institutions have changed.