Creating a Safe Environment for Young People


The United States Conference of
Catholic Bishops has required all Dioceses/Eparchies to have in place
Safe Environment Programs for the protection of children and young people.

The components of Safe Environment required by the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston are:

  • Background Checks

  • Diocesan Policy Relating to Sexual Abuse of Children

  • In-service workshop (Protecting God’s Children for Adults by Virtus®)

All individuals over the age of 18 who will be working and ministering to young people under the age of 18 are required to complete all 3 components prior to working with young people. Below you will find instructions for completing all components. Thank you for taking the time to help keep our children safe!

Background Check

Background check results can take up to a week to receive once submitted. Due to this, please complete and submit this form first and then complete the other two parts. After the background check is run the parish will be informed if the person is allowed to work with children. The parish does not receive the details of the background check, we are only given a yes or no, and everything is kept confidential. If you have concerns please contact the church office.

Please download, print, and fill out the following form. Once completed, please return the form to the parish office in a sealed envelope addressed to:

St. Peter The Fisherman Catholic Church
Carolyn Crist
407 Jackson Street
 Fairmont,  WV  26554-2941

Right-Click on link and SAVE AS screening_one_backgroundform_2010.pdf

Diocesan Policy Relating to Sexual Abuse of Children

Please take time to make yourself familiar with the Diocesan Policy Relating to Sexual Abuse of Children. This can be found on the webpage for the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston by clicking on this link. If you would like a hard copy of the policy please contact the parish office. Once you have made yourself familiar with the policy, please fill out the form from the link below and return it to the parish office.

Right-Click on link and SAVE AS policy_form_2014.pdf

In Service Workshop

The workshop, Protecting God’s Children for Adults by Virtus®, helps you learn about how to see signs of abuse, what to do should you suspect an issue, how to help keep yourself and children safe, and much more. Some of these workshops are done in person, but most people complete the course online. Below, you will find instructions for registering and completing the course.  Should you have trouble or questions you may contact the parish, or Sharon Goudy, the coordinator of the Office of Safe Environment for the diocese.

Once you have finished the course you will need to provide documentation that it has been completed. This may be done by printing and mailing or emailing the certificate that is provided upon completion.  

Right-Click on link and SAVE AS virtus_registration_instructions_wch_wva_june2011.pdf

Last Revised: February 17, 2018