Fingerprinting and Background Checks
Steps to take to volunteer with children and/vulnerable adults (click for flyer):
You must visit your Parish/School/Diocesan site Office to recieve the instructions and code used to be background checked/fingerprinted. This information is not available online on any of the Diocesan/Parish/School websites. This information is only available to you by visiting "in person" your own Parish/School/Diocesan site office directly.
See attached for list of Disqualifying Offenses that might prevent employment and/or volunteering with children and/or vulnerable adults. (List of Disqualifying Offenses)
Please bring with you to your fingerprint appointment:
*Total cost will be for: Employees= $65.00
*Summer Camp employee/volunteers=$65.75
*(includes students/children 17-12 years of age who are employed or volunteer at a summer camp)
*You will not be asked for money online when creating your appointment for fingerprinting nor will you pay at the time you are fingerprinted. The Office of Safe Environment bills each Parish, School and Diocesan site monthly. Payment for fingerprinting should be given directly to your Parish, School or Diocesan site if required.
Please note: Once an appointment is made, you may not make a change or cancel less than 24 hours before the appointment time without incurring a charge.
There is a $15.00 Cancellation fee for those who do not show for their appointed time. To cancel an appointment for fingerprinting, individuals must log back onto the fingerprinting Fieldprint,Inc website.
After making an appointment please arrive on time as the fingerprinting locations are a business on their own and schedule the appropriate number of employees for that day.
*A level II background check must be completed and approved on employees/ volunteers every 5 years.
Safe Environment Required Courses: All employees and volunteers are required to complete the courses "Recognize, Report & Prevent Child Abuse” and "Detecting Predators” online with the provider Shield the Vulnerable at www.shieldthevulnerable.org Individuals should contact their supervisor for confirmation on any additional course requirements unique to their position such as for Extraordinary Ministers of Communion to the Homebound.
*Employees and Volunteers must re-take the course "Recognize, Report & Prevent Child Abuse" every five years or a safe environment course approved by the Safe Environment Office.
*If you have not taken the "Detecting Predators" Course with Shield the Vulnerable in the past then you must also complete this course.
*Shield the Vulnerable offers many other courses, please feel free to take them as well if you are interested.
Motor Vehicle Report (MVR): If an employee/volunteer will be driving on behalf of a Diocesan Parish/School or for job related events, a MVR must come back approved from the Office of Safe Environment before they may drive. The MVR check, if approved, is good for two years from date approved. (See attached requirements)
Credit Report: If an employee/volunteer will be handling funds and/or credit cards a Credit Check Request form must be signed, completed, processed and approved. Credit check will be completed once and may be periodically processed at the request of the Pastor, Principal, or Administrator with your permission. FCRA Bill of Rights
*Please see your Parish/School Secretary or Safe Environment Manager for the informational flyer that contains necessary volunteer information and the special Fieldprint codes needed to complete your fingerprinting process.
Why a Level 2 Criminal Background Search? What do you check? Is my information kept private?
These are just some of the questions the Office of Safe Environment is asked.
Security of personal information:
Ensuring a safe environment is not just for the children and vulnerable adults. The Diocese will always keep private information of all employees and volunteers secured. All paper files are kept in a secure file cabinate within a locked room. Our files online are encrypted and password protected. When documents containing sensitive/ personal information are no longer needed they are shredded.
What does a Level 2 Criminal Background Search reveal:
A Level 2 CBS includes:
1.A statewide criminal and juvenile records check through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and
2.Federal criminal records check through the Federal Bureau of Investigations.
3.A check of the Florida Crime Information Center for warrants and domestic violence injunctions/protection orders, deported felons, missing persons, probation/supervision release status, career criminal offender and the National Sexual predators and Offender’s registry list
Appeal Procedures and Appeals form
The Province of Miami Policy on Safe Environment Educational Programs: explains the principles to be taught to all parents, guardians, children and youths on a systematic basis in all dioceses of the province.