Youth Protection Training
In accordance with the Diocese of Birmingham, all diocesan employees and volunteers who have contact with children or vulnerable adults must complete Proud to Protect, often referred to as "youth protection training." The online training is available in English and Spanish.
For those who prefer a classroom learning experience instead of online, you may register for a class here.
Once training (online or classroom) is complete, the following documents must be provided to the religious ed office (for parish volunteers) or the Prince of Peace Catholic School office (for school volunteers) to complete the certification process:
- Copy of training completion certificate or card
- Signed 'Youth Protection Code of Conduct Receipt Form'
- Completed and signed 'Volunteer Inquiry Release Form'
The Diocesan Code of Conduct and other forms may be found at here in the youth protection section under 'documents and downloads'.
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.