Many people give of their time and talent in parish ministry to our brothers and sisters who are elderly, suffering from illness or living with disability. In order to ensure clear understanding of roles and boundaries, proper screening, and good support for those engaging in ministry with vulnerable adults, the archdiocese has established these Essential 3 guidelines:
- Background checks must be performed on all volunteers who have regular or unsupervised interaction with vulnerable adults.
- Attendance at a VIRTUS Protecting God’s Children or vulnerable adult specific training as approved by the pastor is also required.
- Volunteers who serve vulnerable adults must also adhere to a Code of Conduct.
A vulnerable adult is a person with an illness or other physical, mental, or emotional condition that makes the person unable to defend or protect him or herself, or get help for him or herself if abused.