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Child Protection

Staff Contact: Michael O'Connor, Business Manager

Saint Katharine Drexel, through the leadership of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, has made revisions to the Child and Youth Protection Policy which guides employees and volunteers in creating a safe environment for all members of our parish community, especially our children and youth. The Statement of Policy for the Protection of Children and Youth and the Code of Conduct for Church Personnel have been revised based on feedback from parishes and schools, as well as from the collective experience of those implementing these policies. These revisions seek to clarify adult-child boundaries, incorporate policies that address ever changing electronic communications, and provide a streamlined system to be used across the Archdiocese to eliminate duplication of efforts between parishes and schools. All employees, adult volunteers (18 and over), and youth volunteers (14-17), are required to adhere to this policy, whether or not they have substantial contact with children.

All adult volunteers WITHOUT substantial contact with children must:

  • Complete a registration form through our online volunteer management site, www.shieldthevulnerable.org (Please refer to the letter linked to HERE for detailed instructions for completing the online application)
  • Review the Statement of Policy for the Protection of Children and Youth
  • Review the Code of Conduct for Church Personnel
  • All new adult volunteers WITH substantial contact with children must:

  • Complete a registration form through our online volunteer management system at, www.shieldthevulnerable.org (Please refer to the letter linked to HERE for detailed instructions for completing the online application)
  • Complete the online child protection training available at www.shieldthevulnerable.org
  • Review the Statement of Policy for the Protection of Children and Youth
  • Review the Code of Conduct for Church Personnel
  • Submit three completed reference forms
  • All youth volunteers ages 14-17 must:

  • Complete a PAPER copy of the volunteer application form signed by the youth and a parent/guardian
  • Complete the youth safe environment training, Worthy of the Call, provided as an in-person training at the parish.
  • Review the Statement of Policy for the Protection of Children and Youth
  • Review the Code of Conduct for Church Personnel
  • Submit three completed PAPER reference forms
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