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Child Protection

One of the greatest responsibilities adults ever face is the protection of children under their care. That is a duty that falls heavily upon those who minister in the name of the Church because children are entrusted to us in so many ways – in schools, in religious education, in Scouting, on field trips, and in sports. Parents have a right to expect that their children are as safe as humanly possible in all of these situations.

Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr


Bishop Leibold School adheres to the guidelines set forth by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati in the Decree on Child Protection when it comes to our faculty, staff, and volunteers. 


A thorough background check is required for all those employed or volunteering to work with youth or vulnerable adults as a cleric, at a parish or school, as an Archdiocesan employee or at an Archdiocesan institution. All volunteers and employees are required to complete the electronic/online background check through prior to beginning their volunteer activity or employment. In addition to the electronic/online background check, employees are required to complete manual fingerprinting and submit a B4 form before beginning their employment at an Archdiocesan parish, school, or institution.

All new employees (cleric, parish, school, Archdiocesan employees and Archdiocesan institutions) must complete both manual and an electronic background check at the time of employment with no further requirement for a manual fingerprint completed in the future.  This electronic background check is done through SELECTiON.COM Current employees must sign up for electronic background  checks through SELECTiON.COM within 5 years of their last manual fingerprinting or December 31, 2018 whichever is sooner.

Read the entire policy here


Who is a Volunteer?

A "regular volunteer" as defined by the Decree means a catechist, scout leader, coach, server coordinator, etc. who functions in a regular, significant relationship with children. This includes interns, student teachers, and others in a similar capacity. Moreover, any volunteer who works with children more than one (1) hour should comply with the diocesan policy. It does not include the occasional volunteer such as a driver or chaperone for individual activities.

Notice To Current Volunteers:

Effective July 1, 2014, you MUST have completed the SafeParish Training & be current with the SafeParish Online Bulletins in order to continue to work with children.

To Be Approved To Work With Children You Must:

  1. Email Jennifer Zwiers that you would like to set up a SafeParish account and are requesting a token to pay for the background check.

  2. After receiving your token, create a SafeParish account at Then click on the Registration button, located in the top right hand corner.  The passcode is: protectcincy.  Then follow the directions.

  3. Please make sure that your PRIMARY LOCATION is St. Henry Parish, Dayton OH.  (The token will not work if you use a different location.)  You may add a second location as needed (Bishop Leibold School, etc.)

  4. Complete the background check.  When you get to the part for payment, there will be a spot to enter your token.

  5. Complete the initial online training (approximately 1.5-2 hours) and acknowledge the decree.

  6. Complete quarterly online SafeParish Training Bulletins (currently issued in Jan, April, July, and Oct.)  You will have 30 days to complete the bulletin.  An email will be sent via SafeParish informing you when bulletins are available.

Any questions about working with children and child protection, please contact Jennifer Zwiers, our Safe Environment Coordinator.

Full text of the Decree on Child Protection, Archdiocese of Cincinnati.

Read more: Restoring Trust.


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