Safe Environment/Charter Compliance Requirements
All individuals (over the age of 18) who are either paid parish, school or diocesan personnel, regardless of position, or volunteers who have regular contact with children and youth must: 1) Complete the Employee/Volunteer Application, 2) receive Virtus training, 3) undergo a background check prior to commencing their work or service, 4) sign the Standard Code of Conduct as a condition of their employment or volunteer participation, 5) sign the Technology Policy, and 6) sign the Social Media Policy. Examples of volunteers who must meet these requirements are catechists, CYO coaches, boy/girl scout troop volunteers, field trip/retreat chaperones, etc. No one who has admitted to and/or been convicted of sexual misconduct or abuse involving a minor may serve in the Diocese of Albany as a professional or volunteer in any capacity with children or youth. Older teens who work or volunteer and who are under the age of 18 are not required to undergo a background check or to attend Virtus training, but must sign a Youth Code of Conduct.