Diocese of Birmingham in Alabama

Youth Protection Program

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.

Currently, the Diocese of Birmingham requires adults who work with the youth of our parish and school to complete a training course and to submit an Volunteer Inquiry Release Form to complete a background check. 

To meet these requirements, we offer several on site training sessions in the parish and school periodically throughout the year. There is no cost to attend the on-site training sessions, all forms are provided, and the training is valid for a three year period.

In addition to this, we also offer an on-line training option.  This on-line option has an incurred cost of $9.50 to the individual to complete and it will also fulfill your training requirements for a three year period.  The training is provided through Shield the Vulnerable, an established and respected provider of child protection training to the Church.

After completion of the on-line course, we ask that you print a Completion Certificate from the Shield the Vulnerable website and a completed Volunteer Inquiry Release Form from the link below.  Submit both documents to the parish office.  

Step by step instructions for the On-Line Training Option can be found here.