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Decree on Child Protection

Decree on Child Protection

The Diocese of Steubenville Decree on Child Protection was recently revised, and the new Decree went into effect on October 2, 2009. All employees as well as all regular volunteers who work with youth in the Diocese of Steubenville must attend an orientation workshop on the provisions of the Decree. Click to learn more about the decree and background checks.

All employees and regular volunteers who have direct contact with children at St. Mary Catholic School must complete acceptable criminal background checks through fingerprinting in accord with the current policies of the Diocese of Steubenville – Decree on Child Protection; and may not have contact with children until acceptable background checks through fingerprinting are completed. All employees and regular volunteers must complete both a Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) and a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) criminal records check every five years. For auxiliary service personnel such as school nurses, psychologists etc., who are government employees or subject to state regulations, the school Principal shall obtain copies of both a Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) and a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) criminal records check every five years, from the employer of auxiliary service personnel.