The Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend requires that all clergy, seminarians, and employees complete the Safe Environment Training Program regardless of their level of contact with children. All diocesan volunteers who will have regular contact with children or young people must complete the Safe Environment Training Program also. The program teaches adults how to create and maintain a safe environment in which all persons, especially children, can grow in faith. This training is meant to help protect children and also those adults who minister to them. The training requirements include watching a 25 minute video (seen below) and reading the appropriate diocesan policy and procedure manual.
After watching the Safe Environment Training Video, employees and volunteers must print and sign the Verification of Viewing Education Video form stating they have completed this. After reading the Employee Personnel Policies and Benefits Manual or the Volunteer Personnel Policies Manual (whichever applies), they must sign the Verification of Receipt of Employee Personnel Policies and Benefits Manual or the Verification of Receipt of Volunteer Personnel Policies Manual form stating that they have read and agree to all information contained within it. The video and the volunteer manual are available in Spanish and English. The employee manual is in English. Any questions related to the information in the training materials should be directed to the person's direct supervisor.
All verification forms for the training video and policy manual must be returned to the safe environment coordinator at the work site.