Safe Environment Database
Dear Co-Worker in Christ:
We are all aware of the grave problem of the abuse of children that exists within society. Each of us must do all that we can to help protect those children entrusted to us. This is especially important for those that work and minister in the Church. As a critical part of our safe environment policy for young people, the Diocese of Pittsburgh is creating a centralized electronic database of those that work and minister in the Church who have contact with young people under the age of 18. To create this secured diocesan database, all who have contact with the youth of our parish are now required to create an electronic file by completing an application. This includes any clergy, religious, employee or volunteer in the parish who have contact with youth in their work or ministry.
The centralized diocesan database is our means to ensure that the Church – locally and nationally – not only fulfills the mandate of the Church in the United States as outlined in the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People and the clear requirements of the 2004 diocesan policy, but also meets the requirements of state and federal law.
Most important, this centralized database is vital in sustaining a safe environment for our children throughout the Diocese of Pittsburgh. We can expect nothing less of ourselves as we seek not only to fulfill mandates, but indeed to be the standard-bearer in society for the protection of young people.
Completing the application that will create your file for the diocesan database will take about 20 minutes of your time. If you have access to the Internet at home, at work, or at the local library, you can complete the application online. If you do not have access to the Internet, or are uncomfortable completing the application online, you can obtain a paper copy of the application, fill it out and return it to the parish.
Thank you so much for all you do for the Church, and for helping to ensure that our parishes, schools and ministries are safe environments for our children.
- DO NOT complete this application if you are applying for employment.
- Apply directly to the parish or school.
- DO NOT complete this application if you are a Catholic school parent interested in volunteering until you have been instructed to do so by the school principal.
It is easy to create your file in the diocesan database of parish and/or school employees and volunteers who have contact with minors:
- Scroll‑down the left hand side of the home page to the “Safe Environment Database” box. Click on this box and it will take you to the application login.
- At the top of the login page click on the underlined click herewhere it says, “If you do not have a user id and password, please click hereto register.”
- You will now be at the “New User Registration” screen, and all fields under this will require entry except for the email address.
- In the “Primary Site” field, select the entity where you do the majority of your work or ministry. The “Type of Application” requires you to check whether you are an employee or volunteer. The “User ID” field requires that you enter your own password for access to your application. The bottom of this screen explains the requirements of a User ID. The “Password” field is similar, and you will be asked to type it in twice.
- This will take you to the “access code field” where you enter the diocesan password.
- In the “First Name” and “Last Name” fields, type in your name as it appears on your driver’s license. In the “Date of Birth” field, type your date of birth in the mm/dd/yyyy format. You will be asked to type it in twice.
- Write down your User ID and Password for future reference, and click the “Register” button. You should receive a message that you have successfully registered.
- Then, click on the underlined link where it says, “Please click hereto login and continue your application.”
- At the Login Page enter your User ID and Password, and click “Login.” This will take you to the “Application Screen” for you to fill out your application.