In accordance with the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People and the Diocese of St. Petersburg Policy for the Protection of Children and Vulnerable adults, adults (18 years of age or older and post high school) who wish to have unsupervised access to children, youth and vulnerable adults must successfully complete Safe Environment Program (SEP) Training and a FBI/FDLE (AFRNP) Level 2 Criminal History Background Check performed by the diocese.
It is important to note that individuals who are 18 years old or younger and still in high school cannot have unsupervised access to children or youth – this includes all youth ministers. Individuals who are 18 and older and who are post-high school are considered adults and can have unsupervised access to and or the care, responsibility, and or supervision of children if properly screened and SEP trained. When minor aged youth act in leadership positions over younger children, SEP-trained and background screened adults must be physically present.
Those who wish unsupervised access to children, youth, or vulnerable adults must complete the online training program and renew the training every 5 years. Please click here for details.
Live training sessions have been discontinued. Certificates issued from prior courses remain in effect for 5 years from the training date listed.
Safe Environment Program training teaches caring adults: (1) to watch for signs of predatory behavior in adults, (2) to watch for signs of abuse in a child or vulnerable adult, and (3) to report it to the police (911) or to the Florida Department of Children and Family’s Abuse Hotline (800- 96ABUSE).
Persons completing the online SEP training can print out their SEP Training Certificates at the end of the online training module. The training is good for five years. Individuals who wish to keep their certification active must be re-certified every 5 years by completing the online recertification course.
The Diocese of St. Petersburg uses Catholic Mutual Group’s online Safe Environment Training Program (CMG Connect). The Diocese of St. Petersburg will not accept SEP training from any other dioceses or archdioceses. Even though the basic child protection information is generic, there are other differences that do not address local conditions. These conditions pertain to such things as diocesan policy, local or state law, notification procedures and telephone numbers, etc.
If previously SEP trained and background screened individuals serve in more than one volunteer or combination volunteer/employee position, or who may be relocating to another parish or school within the diocese wish to transfer their training and background screening information, please contact the diocesan Safe Environment Program Office at 727-344-1611, Ext. 5377 or 5303 or send an emailto:firstname.lastname@example.org to facilitate the transfer process.