Safe Environment

Thank you for sharing your time and talent with our community!  St. Francis screens all volunteers and follows the Diocese of Raleigh Guidelines for the Protection of Minors.  

Guided by the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People (USCCB, 2002), the Office of Child and Youth Protection sought to augment safeguards had been in place since 1993 to ensure the safety of children in the Diocese of Raleigh.

The Diocesan Code of Professional Responsibility (1998)  was re-written as the Code of Conduct for Church Personnel of the Diocese of Raleigh. All personnel, all who work and “represent the Church by virtue of office, designated position, employment or contract” share high expectations for conduct and respect for those entrusted to our care.

For more information please see the Diocese of Raleigh – Office of Child & Youth Protection

Information about Level C Certification

In order to become a Level C certified volunteer, the following is required of applicants prior to volunteering (in this order):

Step 1: Attend a Safe Environment Training Webinar, “Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse”. The webinar is for adults and lasts about 2 hours long. They will equip you to recognize and report child abuse and neglect. Upcoming training classes are listed below. Upon completion of the webinar, you will receive a certificate, which must be provided to our Safe Environment Coordinator (
Step 2: Submit a Level C Application – Complete a Level C application. You will provide your driver’s license number, the last four digits of your SSN and 3 references.
Step 3: Background Check – Upon completion of the Safe Environment Training Webinar and receipt of a completed Level C application, a background check will be run by the Diocese of Raleigh.

Safe Environment Level C certification is valid for 5 years. In order to renew, you must attend the Safe Environment Training Webinar and complete a Level C Renewal Application. A background check will be run following receipt of the renewal application and Safe Environment class certificate.

Class Registration
Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect

Please click on a specific date below to register

If these classes don’t work for you, please click here to view additional classes within the Diocese of Raleigh

Safe Environment Application Forms

  • St. Francis of Assisi screens ALL volunteers.
  • Safe Environment certification must be renewed after 5 years.
  • Certification is valid across all ministries of St. Francis, the Franciscan School, and St. Francis Preschool.
  • Please read St. Francis’ Behaviorial Guidelines.
  • You must read and comply with the Catholic Diocese of Raleigh Code of Conduct for Church Personnel (included in your application).
  • Applications take approximately 1 week to process.

The following are the volunteer levels at St. Francis with links to application forms. Contact your ministry leader to understand what level you should be. Please complete the appropriate form and return it to the church. The reference forms should be completed by individuals who have seen you interact with children. All paperwork is kept confidential. If you have any questions, please contact Trish Adamkowski, 919-847-8205 x236.


Under the age of 18
Minor Volunteer Application

Level A

Remote/occasional contact with youth
Example: Office volunteer

Volunteer Level A Application

Unsupervised interaction with youth.
Example: Retreat or Field Trip chaperone
Level C Application

  • Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse Safe Environment class is mandatory.
  • 3 References from individuals who have seen you interact with children.
  • Background check performed by the Diocese

Level C volunteers whose application is over 5 years old.
Level C Renewal Application

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