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Legal and Liability
Frequently Asked Questions on Legal & Liability Issues
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Who needs to be oriented to the Child Protection Decree and fingerprinted?
All priests, employees and regular volunteers. Regular volunteers are described as “an adult who is not a cleric or employee (for example, a catechist, scout leader, coach, service coordinator, etc.) who functions in a regular relationship having contact with children. This includes interns, student teachers and others in similar capacities.
For example, a regular volunteer is one who has contact with children:
- on any overnight event;
- on at least a monthly basis; or
- in a multi-day program (e.g., Vacation Bible School).
A regular volunteer has contact with children at least once a month, or participates in any overnight event with children. It does not include the occasional volunteer such as a driver or chaperone whose contact with children is less than one hour per month for activities that are not overnight.” (Child Protection Decree, 2013, p. 3)
When do I need to provide a permission and release form?
- Any time you take youth off of the parish or school property.
- Youth who are involved in regular on-going programs at the parish site (such as Religious Education) should have a release form on file for the year.
Where can I get a copy of a Permission and Release Form?
- You can obtain a copy of a Permission and Release Form on our Permission and Release Forms page.
How long to I have to keep my copy of the Permission and Release Form?
- If no incident occurs, you must keep all release forms for two years after the end of the academic year in which the event was held.
- If an incident occurs, the form is kept on file permanently.
What requirements does the Archdiocese have regarding chaperones and drivers?
- No youth may be utilized as drivers or chaperones.
- All drivers must provide proof of a valid license and insurance.
- The Archdiocesan Policy states that chaperones and drivers must be at least 21 years old to be allowed to drive or chaperone for a Jr. High or High School event.
- For more information, see our Transportation page.