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Child & Youth Protection Policies & Practices

As a parish, Holy Infant abides by the Diocese of Raleigh's Child and Youth Protection policies. All parishioners who are involved directly in ministries or programs for children, youth & teens undergo a criminal background check and participate in Safe Environment Training designed to equip adults with skills to recognize and report child maltreatment.

The Diocese of Raleigh 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 anyone working with children, youth & teens undergo a criminal background check before they begin their work. This individuals are also required to participate in training in Child and Youth Protection. We expect all catechists and staff to exercise vigilance and care at all times to ensure the children’s safety and security.  It is the role of the Catechists to assure children, youth & teens 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 contact Leanne Woodward or Lynn Sale to begin the process of being entered into our online database for your background check to be processed.

Safe Environment Training

All catechists and volunteers who work with children, youth or teens are required to attend an in-person Safe Environment Training Workshop approved by the Diocese of Raleigh.  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 the Safe Environment Workshop must be taken again.