Safe Environment Program
As a community of faith, we believe that our children are the most important gifts God has entrusted to us and that the prevention of child abuse begins with each person.
St. Brigid of Kildare Parish, in coordination with the Catholic Diocese of Columbus, is committed to the protection and safety of all children. This commitment follows the fundamental mission of the Church to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ, to give authentic witness to the moral teaching of the Scriptures and the tradition of the Church, and to uphold the human dignity of every person. Increased awareness and a willingness to take action are steps for every person to eradicate abuse in our society, in the community, in the neighborhood, and in the family.
At St. Brigid of Kildare Church, “Best Practice” policies have been established to ensure the safety of our children in every parish and school activity. Our Safe Environment Program was designed for the protection of our children. With that in mind, ALL VOLUNTEERS 18 years of age and older (Athletics, Club Sports, Nursery, School, Scouts, Religious Education, Middle School and High School Youth Ministry and all other programs involving children) who have “care, custody or control,” or regular supervised or unsupervised access to children must complete the following procedures prior to the first day of volunteering:
- Complete a Protecting God’s Children (PGC) awareness session offered throughout the Diocese of Columbus. This program helps raise the awareness of adult volunteers for the signs of child sexual abuse, the methods and means by which offenders commit abuse and steps one can use to prevent child sexual abuse.
- Undergo a Civilian Criminal Background/Fingerprint check (BCI&I) completed by our National WebCheck System and if needed, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
- Complete an online Volunteer Application Form which includes the signed Code of Conduct.
- Submit a copy of driver license or photo ID to Stacey Nerone at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Through these initiatives, we optimize child safe environments and empower our staff and volunteers with tools to help them protect all our children.
Reporting child abuse can be done by confidential email to:
or by contacting
- The Reverend Monsignor Stephen J. Moloney
For individuals wanting to learn more about the prevention of child sexual abuse, please refer to www.virtus.org and sign up for their training bulletins and/or view their continuing education articles.
How to Register for a Protecting God’s Children (PGC) Awareness Session
Registration must be completed online at www.virtus.org. Select “Registration” on the green bar, left side of screen. At the drop down menu, select Diocese of Columbus to view a listing current class offerings, times, and locations. If attendance occurs at a location other than St. Brigid, a Certificate of Attendance must be obtained by you at the end of the session and forwarded to St. Brigid Parish Office to the attention of Stacey Nerone, Safe Environment Coordinator, before compliance can be recorded in our Parish records.
How to Complete a Fingerprinting Background Check
If a volunteer has lived in Ohio for 5 consecutive years, BCI is required. If the volunteer has lived outside of Ohio at any time in the past 5 consecutive years, FBI is required.
There are three (3) options for a fingerprinting/background check:
1. Preferred method: Go to Fast Fingerprints located at 1486 Bethel Road, Columbus, OH 43220. www.fastfingerprints.com . Cost is $37 for BCI, $40 for FBI. Checks are made payable to Fast Fingerprints. Results will be sent electronically to the Diocese of Columbus and then to St. Brigid of Kildare. Please email Stacey Nerone, Safe Environment Coordinator at email@example.com so that she can obtain confirmation of your results. The result is typically received in 2-3 business days.
2. Complete the background/fingerprinting check at the Protecting God’s Children training class you attend, if the mobile unit from Fast Fingerprints is offered.
3. Contact Stacey Nerone at firstname.lastname@example.org for upcoming “open fingerprinting” sessions available at St. Brigid of Kildare on our National WebCheck system. These are typically offered once a month. Cost is $37 for BCI and $40 for FBI. Checks are made payable to St. Brigid of Kildare Church. The results typically take 2 weeks to receive so this method is only recommended if results can be received prior to your first day of volunteering.
For each option, individuals must provide a valid Ohio driver license and will be asked to provide their social security number. For each option, please print and complete this form.
How to Complete the Volunteer Form & Code of Conduct
Click this link to access the online Volunteer Application Form. This online form also includes the Code of Conduct.
If you would like to have a copy of the Code of Conduct, click here to download it.