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.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR ADULT VOLUNTEERS

Prior to Start Date

Prior to their volunteer services start date, adult volunteers (age 18 and older) who have contact with children or youth are expected to:

Within Six Months of Start Date

Within six (6) months of their volunteer services start date, adult volunteers (age 18 and older) who have contact with children or youth are expected to:

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.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR TEEN VOLUNTEERS

All youth in Grades 9-12 who volunteer in a direct service role involving children or youth, must attend a Called to Serve training workshop. Since teens are minors, 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.

Prior to Start Date

Prior to their volunteer services start date, teen volunteers aged 15 and under who have contact with children or youth are expected to:

Prior to their volunteer services start date, teen volunteers aged 16-18 who have contact with children or youth are expected to:

Within Six Months of Start Date

Within six (6) months of their volunteer services start date, teen volunteers aged 15 and under who have contact with children or youth are expected to:

Within six (6) months of their volunteer services start date, teen volunteers aged 16-18 who have contact with children or youth are expected to:

CATHOLIC YOUTH ORGANIZATION (CYO) DEADLINES FOR COACHES, VOLUNTEERS AND PAID 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

REPORTING ABUSE

To report abuse by clergy or church personnel, contact the Archdiocesan Victim Assistance Coordinator at 866.343.8055. For other abuse reporting resources, please visit the Archdiocese of Detroit’s reporting page. This page provides contact numbers by county, as well as resources for counseling and support services.