Watch this video: an invitation from Bishop Pat to attend safeguarding seminars.
Attending safeguarding seminars is mandatory for all those who work with children, youth and vulnerable adults. If you are a involved in ministry as a volunteer/worker in any of your parish or ethnic communities, you need to complete the safeguarding requirements. You could be involved in any of the following ministries/roles:
- Altar Server Trainers
- Children’s Liturgy of the Word
- Choir Leaders – where children are included in the general choir and for children’s choir
- Crèche helpers
- Ministers of Holy Communion to the sick and housebound
- Pastoral Visitor
- Parent Helpers / Chaperons on camps
- Parish visitors (Legion of Mary etc)
- Prison ministry teams and visitors
- RCIA Catechists
- Sacramental Preparation Catechists/Leader/Co-ordinator
- Sunday School Teachers
- Youth Ministry Leaders
- Those involved in other pastoral work involving children, youth or vulnerable adults e.g. prayer groups
The following four processes are mandatory for all volunteers in any of the above roles:
- Complete a Police Vetting form
- Complete a ‘Code of Conduct’ form
- Complete a Volunteer Agreement/s for each applicable role (click here and scroll down to SAFEGUARDING RESOURCES and then ‘Volunteer Task Descriptions’ to download the applicable form/s)
- Attend a Safeguarding Training Session*
Forms can be passed to the leader of your ministry, delivered to the parish office or emailed to the parish office.
*Attending a safeguarding workshop is mandatory for all those who work with children, youth and vulnerable adults. Sessions are held every so often. You will be advised when the next training is to be held at STM, or a nearby parish. For upcoming Auckland-wide trainings click here and scroll down to ‘Safeguarding Volunteer Workshops’. Volunteers may attend a training at any parish.
Parishes need to keep a record of all those who attend the safeguarding training sessions as part of their compliance requirements. You need to register your attendance due to the number of spaces available. Please register by emailing your name, your email address, your Parish name, your ministry role and the location/date you are attending to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Communities need to record the following information of their volunteers who have completed the safeguarding process. The diocese also need records of this information.
- Name of volunteer
- Volunteer area
- Date police vet clearance received
- Date of level one training (which is all they require).