Safe Environment Training
Safe Environment Training is a requirement for Saint Anne Volunteers who work with children, youth, and vulnerable adults.
The safety of our children, youth, and vulnerable adults is our priority. As a pastor, staff, or volunteer who has a direct connection to them, we have a responsibility to recognize, respond, and prevent child sexual abuse. All faith formation volunteers, homebound ministers, and pastoral care providers need to go through the required Safe Environment training and Level II Background Screening (Fingerprinting), which investigates an individualís background that may be contained in the public record to include municipal, county, state, federal law enforcement, Social Security and state driving records. This screening is meant to:
(1) provide an insight into oneís character indicator of personal integrity
(2) offer a view of problem areas with personal situations, and
(3) provide an indicator of personal integrity before allowing access to children, youth, or vulnerable adults.
Safe Environment Training for Access to Children and Vulnerable Adults
Safe Environment Program (SEP) training for those who wish unsupervised access to children and youth must attend a 3-hour SEP training workshop. These workshops teach caring adults:
(1) to watch for signs of predatory behavior in adults,
(2) to watch for signs of abuse in a child, and
(3) to report it to the police (911) or to the Florida Department of Children and Family's Abuse Hotline (800- 96ABUSE).
These training sessions are presented throughout the diocese in various locations.
Online Safe Environment Training Recertification Now Available!
Safe Environment Program (SEP) Training for Adults who wish to have the care, responsibility, and or supervision of Children, Youth, and or Vulnerable Adults must have their SEP training re-certified every 5 years starting with the initial training date.
Initial SEP training must be face-to-face in a live training session conducted by diocesan trainers. However, follow-on SEP Recertification for adults who wish to have the care, responsibility, and or supervision of children or vulnerable adults can be accomplished online. Click here for instructions to access the online training website Shield the Vulnerable.
For the most current and complete information:
Visit the Diocese of Saint Peterburg Safe Environment Program Office Website
Fingerprinting Requirement for Level 2 Background Check
All directed volunteers must be screened using the process at dosp.sofn.net. During the process you will be advised of the available locations for screening. The diocese will bill the respective volunteer's parish or school for the cost.
For more information visit the Diocese Website regarding Background Screening.