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The Sioux Falls Catholic Diocese and St. Katharine Drexel Parish are committed to ensuring that our ministries and parish are safe places for everyone. All clergy, staff, and volunteers who have regular contact with children or vulnerable adults must meet Safe Environment requirements before they enter into ministry. Requirements are detailed below.


**Adults**
  1. A background check must be completed every 6 years.   Background check consent form
  2. A questionnaire regarding sexual abuse must be completed once. By signing this form, the person acknowledges the receipt and understanding of the Sexual Misconduct Policy and Code of Ethical Conduct of the Diocese of Sioux Falls.   Sexual Abuse questionnaire     Sexual Misconduct Policy
  3. Annual training is required for those working with children. Training for those working with vulnerable adults is renewed every third year. Training is available online (3A. below) or in person (3B below).
                  3A. To complete online training:
                  Read the directions below, then go to the Safe Environment website.
  1. In the left-hand column, click on the text that says "click to log in" near the picture of the boy and laptop computer.
  2. If this is your first time taking a course on this site, click on the "Create new account" button on the right side of the page, and follow the instructions to create a user name and password for yourself.
  3. If you have taken any online training on this site before, you must log in by filling in the blanks on the left side of the page. If you have forgotten your user name or password, you may click the "Yes, help me with my password" button at the bottom of the left-hand column. Please do not create a new profile!
  4. For those working with children, click on the first box, "Professional Boundaries and Behaviors." You will know you have successfully completed the training when you see a certificate. Please send the certificate to gae.stkatharinedrexel@midconetwork.com.                
  5. For those working with vulnerable adults, scroll down the page and click on the gray box "Protecting Vulnerable Adults." You will know you have successfully completed the training when you see a certificate. Please send the certificate to gae.stkatharinedrexel@midconetwork.com.
  6. To assist you with any problems or questions you may have while on the Safe Environment website, there is a "Tech Support" tab in the upper left-hand corner of the sign-in page. Once you are logged in, there are tech support options in the left-hand column of the page, including a "Live Chat" link, and a "Click for Live Help" icon in the upper right-hand corner of the page.
                  3B. To complete in-person training, please contact Gae French, DRE, at 275-6870 x204 or                                         gae.stkatharinedrexel@midconetwork.com.

**Youth**


Our youth, those serving and those being served, are precious and must be protected.







Youth who work unsupervised with children must meet the following requirements:
  1. A questionnaire regarding sexual abuse must be completed by the youth and signed by the youth and his/her parent/guardian. The parent/guardian agrees to review the Sexual Misconduct Policy and Code of Ethical Conduct of the Diocese of Sioux Falls with the youth.                                                  Sexual Abuse questionnaire      Sexual Misconduct Policy
  2. Annual training is required for those working with children. Training for youth (called Circle of Grace) is done in person, either in class at Sioux Falls Catholic Schools or in Religious Education classes at our parish.


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