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Child Protection Policies & Practices

Holy Infant abides by the Diocese of Raleigh's Child and Youth Protection policies. All catechists and anyone who will ever be alone with children undergo a criminal background check before they begin their work and participate in some training in child and youth protection.

The Diocese of Raleigh Diocese has made great efforts to ensure safety and security for all children and youth while in the care of Church personnel. Holy Infant abides by the Diocese of Raleigh's Child and Youth Protection policies:

Code of Conduct for Church Personnel in the Diocese of Raleigh
Report Suspected Abuse
Ten Points for Protecting Children - from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Therefore we require that all catechists and anyone who will ever be alone with children undergo a criminal background check before they begin their work. All catechists also have to participate in some training in Child and Youth Protection. We also expect all catechists and staff to exercise vigilance and care at all times to ensure the children’s safety and security.

Catechists will assure children from time to time that their safety and security is very important, and the children are encouraged to confide in a trusted adult is somebody makes them feel unsafe.

Criminal Background Check

Please download and print the Criminal Background Check form, and return it to the Faith Development Office for processing.

Safe Environment Training

All catechists and volunteers who work with children are required to attend in person a Safe Environment Training Workshop approved by the Diocese of Raleigh before they do so. Participation in a similar workshop provided by any other catholic Diocese or any other organization is not recognized. This workshop will be offered annually at Holy Infant. If people cannot attend this workshop, they may go to workshops in other parishes in the Diocese.

Certification is valid for five years, after which people must either renew their certification on-line, or take the Safe Environment Workshop again in person.