Volunteers/Safe Environments

Safe Environments

Church of the Divine Child is committed to keeping children and youth safe by following the Archdiocese of Detroit guidelines. The Archdiocese of Detroit combines best practices with continuous improvement to increase awareness of safe programs and surroundings and to empower children, youth and adults to avoid and report unsafe or harmful situations. At Church of the Divine Child, every staff member, adult volunteer, and teen volunteer is required to attend training in the prevention, identification and reporting of abuse.

Adult Volunteers

Prior to the volunteer start date, adult volunteers (age 18 and older) who have contact with children or youth are expected to know and abide by the AOD Code of Conduct for Volunteers and undergo a criminal background check.

Within six months of start date, adult volunteers are expected to register online for Protecting God’s Children and deliver a copy of the completed certificate to the Rectory Office.

Teen Volunteers

Prior to the volunteer start date, teen volunteers (grades 9-12) who have contact with children or youth, are expected to know and abide by the AOD Code of Conduct for Volunteers and undergo a criminal background check and know the Teen Code of Conduct.

The Archdiocese of Detroit recommends volunteers or employees under age 18 working with children or youth be paired with an adult or another teen and be regularly supervised by an adult. Volunteers aged 15-18 are required to have parental permission to attend the Protecting God’s Children Seminar and to have the criminal background check.

Within six months of volunteer start date, teen volunteers are expected to register online for a Protecting God’s Children and deliver a copy of the certificate obtained to the Rectory Office AND attend a Called to Serve training workshop and deliver a copy of the certificate of completion to the Rectory Office.

Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) deadline for Coaches, Volunteers and Staff

The Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) has the following Protecting God’s Children workshop deadlines for its volunteers and paid staff:

  • Fall sports–workshop must be completed by September 25
  • Winter sports–workshop must be completed by January 14
  • Spring sports–workshop must be completed by April 30

Victim Assistance

For Victim Assistance, contact the Archdiocesan Victim Assistance Coordinator at 866.343.8055. Please visit the Archdiocese of Detroit’s Victim Assistance page, providing additional resources.