Prospective staff and volunteers must complete the following within 30 days:
1. Fill out the Safe Church Application, including provision of four references (at least three references need to come back endorsing the applicant.)
• Volunteer Application
• Elder/Deacon Application
• Staff Application
2. Get fingerprinted through the Department of Justice (DOJ) (for those age 18 and older.) Fingerprinting that has been done in another state or for another organization cannot be used.
• Print and complete the “applicant information” part of the appropriate Department of Justice Form found here and bring it to a Live Scan location where you will get fingerprinted. This costs around $25--send a picture of the receipt to firstname.lastname@example.org for reimbursement. Proof of fingerprinting will be sent to the church office and confirmed for you by the Safe Church Coordinator.
• If this process is causing challenges around accessibility or affordability, please contact your program director or supervisor for support.
3. Attend SVPC General Safe Church Training (must be done within 60 days).
4. Complete the online California Child Abuse Mandated Reporter Course.
California state requires training of staff and volunteers on the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Law. Go to mandatedreporterca.com to complete training.
• Staff members, elders, and deacons are mandated reporters and required to take the “General Training” course.
• Volunteers are required to take the “Volunteer” training.
• If you have recently completed a California state-approved course on mandated reporting for another organization, you do not need to do the training again—send a copy of the training certificate to email@example.com.
Some of the content shown in this course may be emotionally distressing for viewers, as it contains details concerning child abuse. If this is something that may be too upsetting for you, please contact Marsha Dyslin at firstname.lastname@example.org to talk about alternatives.
You will be notified by the Safe Church Team when all of the above steps have been completed, references have been checked, and DOJ clearance has been received.
Volunteers who drive students on church-sponsored events are required to provide license and insurance information by completing the SVPC Driver’s Guidelines and Form (below).