Brothers and sisters, do not be weary in doing what is right. – 2 Thessalonians 3:13
Strengthening the Caring Community: Volunteer Screening Program (established 2001) is a part of the Archdiocese of Toronto's Safe Environment Policy. It ensures that all vulnerable persons, volunteers, Ministry Leaders, and participants are able to engage in a safe, caring community. The Volunteer Screening Department at the Catholic Pastoral Centre has oversight of the program; however, each parish administers the program locally.
Persons who may be in charge of your local volunteer screening program include:
Every person within the Archdiocese who wants to volunteer must complete the mandatory screening steps before volunteering begins. Depending on the level of risk, volunteer applicants will have to complete multiple steps.
The Archdiocese considers every volunteer opportunity (call Ministry Positions) either General or High Risk.
General Risk positions require volunteer applicants to take the following mandatory steps:
High Risk positions (also called Positions of Trust) require volunteer applicants to take the following mandatory steps:
About Criminal Records Checks
The Archdiocese of Toronto requires all adult volunteers (18+) in High Risk Ministries (Positions of Trust) to complete a mandatory Criminal Records & Judicial Matters Check (CRJMC), BEFORE beginning in Ministry.
The Archdiocese pays for all Criminal Records & Judicial Matters Checks completed through our established third-party service-provider.
To find out if you are required to complete a Criminal Records & Judicial Matters Check or how you can complete your police check through your parish, please contact your Parish Volunteer Screening Coordinator or your Parish Office.
For other questions regarding CRJMCs, contact the Volunteer Screening Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or 416-934-3400 x 517.