Ensuring a Safe Environment for Our Children

There are three requirements to volunteer at St. Sebastian Catholic School to ensure a safe environment for our students:

  • ICHAT (download form)
  • Code of Conduct for Volunteers
  • Protecting God’s Children

Criminal History Background Check (ICHAT)

The Archdiocese of Detroit requires a criminal background check for all employees and volunteers to ensure a safe environment for the children, the elderly or disabled persons we serve.  Volunteers at St. Sebastian Catholic School are required to complete and return the ICHAT form (Internet Criminal History Access Tool) to the school office.  The background check is valid for seven years. Information is kept confidential.

Code of Conduct for Volunteers

Before providing services, volunteers must read the Code of Conduct for Volunteers taken from the Archdiocese of Detroit Code of Pastoral Conduct for Priests, Deacons Pastoral Ministers, Administrators, Staff and Volunteers.  Our children are the most important gifts God has entrusted to us.  A volunteer must strictly follow the rules and guidelines in this Code of Conduct for Volunteers as a condition of providing services to the children and youth of our archdiocese.

A volunteer must:

  • Treat everyone with respect, loyalty, patience, integrity, courtesy, dignity and consideration. 
  • Avoid situations where he or she is alone with children and/or youth at Church activities. 
  • Use positive reinforcement rather than criticism, competition or comparison when working with children and/or youth.Refuse to accept expensive gifts from children, youth or their parents without prior written approval from the pastor or administrator. 
  • Refrain from giving expensive gifts to children and/or youth without prior written approval from the parents or guardian and the pastor or administrator. 
  • Report suspected abuse to the pastor, administrator or appropriate supervisor and the local Child Protection Services agency. Failure to report suspected abuse to civil authorities (by required reporters) is, according to the law, a misdemeanor. 
  • Cooperate fully in any investigation of abuse of children and/or youth.

A volunteer must not:

  • Smoke or use tobacco products in the presence of children and/or youth. 
  • Use, possess or be under the influence of alcohol at any time while volunteering. 
  • Use, possess or be under the influence of illegal drugs at any time. 
  • Pose any health risk to children and/or youth through fevers or other contagious situations. 
  • Strike, spank, shake or slap children and/or youth. 
  • Humiliate, ridicule, threaten or degrade children and/or youth. 
  • Touch a child and/or youth in a sexual or other inappropriate manner. 
  • Use any discipline that frightens or humiliates children and/or youth. 
  • Use profanity in the presence of children and/or youth.

Any action inconsistent with this Code of Pastoral Conduct or failure to take action mandated by this Code of Pastoral Conduct may result in removal as a volunteer with children and/or youth.

Protecting God's Children

In addition to the background check and reading the Code of Conduct for Volunteers, all employees and volunteers are required to attend the VIRTUS Protecting God's Children program.  This is a three-hour awareness session for adults to protect children from sexual abuse.   Participants are taught to identify situations that could leave a child vulnerable, the methods and means by which offenders commit abuse and critical steps to help prevent abuse.   Continuing online training is a valuable component of the Protecting God’s Children program for the continued awareness of child abuse.  To register for a free, upcoming session: http://www.virtusonline.org.  After participating in Protecting God's Children, provide a copy of the certificate to the school office.

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Dearborn Heights, MI

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