Please print out and keep your certificate of completion when finished with the course. Successful completion of this course will keep you current on YOUTH PROTECTION 1 for three years. The link below will take you to our new on-line training program. Allow at least two hours to complete the course. You can begin now and return to finish later. Be sure you note your user name and password. The course is available in English or Spanish.
Big changes have taken place in how we do youth protection training in the Diocese of Birmingham. Among the changes: New on-line youth protection training is now available. The new course is available to any Catholic parishioner in the diocese without charge. It is available in English and Spanish. We have worked hard to make this happen but please understand it is new and their may be bugs we have to iron out. Please continue to be patient. Also new is how we offer live Youth Protection 1 sessions. Because the on-line training is now broadly available without charge, we will no longer conduct “on-request” live sessions. Only a handful of Youth Protection 1 sessions will be scheduled. Priority in scheduling regional Youth Protection 1 workshop has been on locations where the host will actively work to encourage attendance from neighboring parishes and Catholic schools. Of special importance:
Youth Protection 2 is offered only as a live video conference
Live Youth Protection 1 sessions will be offered a limited number of times on a regional basis
-------------------------------------------------------- What is not changing is the requirement for criminal background checks and Youth Protection 1 (or its on-line equivalent) for every person who has access to minors within any program, class, event or ministry – sponsored, conducted or hosted by a Catholic institution or group in the Diocese of Birmingham.
Coordinator, Office for Child and Youth Protection: Deacon Frank R. Slapikas - email@example.com Office: (205) 776-7125 - Cell: (205) 242-3954
Receives new allegations and reports of suspected child abuse
Supports and coordinates the work of the diocesan Review Board
Coordinates compliance with the annual audit of child and youth protection
Oversees criminal background screening for volunteers
Directs adult live and on-line youth protection training
Maintains records of adult training
Coordinates the diocesan Code of Conduct
Supports the work of the diocesan Review Board
Coordinator, Victim Assistance: Albert Manzella - firstname.lastname@example.org
To report suspected child abuse that involves a priest, deacon, or anyone connected to a catholic church, catholic school or other catholic institution: Contact Frank Slapikas at (205) 242-3954 or email@example.com
The Diocese of Birmingham has long recognized that children, youth and other vulnerable persons can be at risk from certain individuals present in every community. Individuals who for whatever reason, prey on those weaker than themselves. We recognize that whenever children and youth are out of their parent’s direct care they are especially at risk. In 1991 a set of policies and procedures were promulgated to help ensure that Catholic institutions and programs would be as safe as possible from those seeking to harm minors. Training sessions were implemented to prepare staff and volunteers to continue their ministries in safe and healthy ways, and to properly respond and report allegations of suspected child abuse. Policies, procedures and training continue to change and grow as the needs of Catholic institutions have changed.
the Diocese of Birmingham - the Catholic Community of NORTH ALABAMA