By Griselda Cervantez
The Office for the Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults (OPCVA) is thankful for your commitment to promoting a safe environment in all of our parishes, schools, and events. As part of your commitment, it is important to understand and be compliant with all volunteer requirements. If you are unsure if you are fully compliant, this is a great opportunity to find out! All adult volunteers that have regular contact with children, vulnerable adults, or minister to the home-bound must
- Participate in a Safe Environment Training
- Participate in the proper form of background screening.
The Safe Environment Training may be completed through the Shield the Vulnerable online course at www.shieldthevulnerable.org. If you prefer a live training, please check our website for training schedules at www.dsj.org/opcva. The training must be completed prior to participating in volunteer services and must be renewed every three years.
In addition to fulfilling the Safe Environment Training requirement, adult volunteers must complete the appropriate background screening. The Diocese of San Jose employs three types of criminal background screenings:
- Live Scan Fingerprinting,
- Professional Background Check,
- Manual Review of Megan’s List.
Please check with your parish or school to confirm which background screening is applicable for your volunteer service role.
If you want to volunteer and are not yet compliant with all requirements, please take a moment to contact your site’s volunteer coordinator to begin the process. As always, the OPCVA is also available to answer your questions at (408) 983-0113 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Once again, thank you for your commitment to making the Diocese of San Jose a safe environment for all.