The headlines in the media continue to reinforce the need to be vigilant in thoroughly screening our volunteers. Especially those volunteers who are working with our vulnerable parishoners. Although no method can guarantee 100% the 'goodness' of any individual, it helps. References, one on one interviews and criminal record checks combined can provide some sense of security. Life has shown that shortcuts are not acceptable and that we really do not know everyone. Once the screening as occurred knowledge and vilgilance help us to continue to ensure safety.
In the protocol office we have several resources that assist with all aspects of developing and maintaining a safe environment.