In order to be Safe Environment Cleared, you must do the following:
1. Complete the Diocesan Screening Form online.
2. Attend initial Safe Environment Training Class. These classes are offered once a month. Check the bulletin for date and time. One Saturday morning and one evening class are offered throughout the year and classes usually last about an hour and a half.
3. Undergo a criminal background check and three reference checks, conducted by Accutrak Investigative Services. Accutrak is a Diocesan approved investigative vendor.
4. Complete an interview with a staff member.
Sign the Acknowledgement Form at the back of the Diocesan Safe Environment Booklet stating that you have read and will comply with its requirements. This form MUST be signed and is required to complete your training process.
Since there is a charge incurred by the parish for the background and reference checks, we will not begin processing volunteers until after they have completed the screening form and attended the training class.
Once all elements of the training processes are completed, your photo I D. badge will be issued. Recertification is required each year. This is now available online as well.
If you have recently moved to St. Jude from another parish in the Diocese of Dallas, your records can be transferred to St. Jude and there is no waiting period.
We are a parish family and as such, we look out for each other; we depend on each other to help us with safeguarding those entrusted to us by God. We thank you for your time, understanding, and patience with this process. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Peggy Runnels, Safe Environment Director
972.727.1177, ext. 2210