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Safe Environment Office
Catholic Pastoral Centre
3665 Benvoulin Road
Kelowna BC V1W 4M7
Phone: 250-448-2725 ext 225
Fax: 1-866-964-3858 or 250-869-8697
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Director of the Safe Environment Office
Rev. Conrado Beloso

Diocesan Safe Environment Coordinator
Renée Burzuk
(Tuesday, Thursday)

Safe Environment Assistant
Pam Paterson
(Occasional)

Catholic Pastoral Centre Offices

Safe Environment Office

The Safe Environment Office is responsible for administering the Diocesan Safe Environment Policy and the Workplace Bullying & Harassment Prevention Policy in cooperation with the pastors and the parish/school/organization Safe Environment Coordinators.

SAFE ENVIRONMENT POLICY

The purpose of the Safe Environment Policy is to eliminate abuse and harassment in the Diocese of Nelson.

All volunteers who work with children, youth and vulnerable adults and all Diocesan employees must:

  • provide a clean criminal record check every five years (scroll down for more information);
  • undergo formal instruction on and read the Safe Environment Policy (see your parish/school Safe Environment Coordinator);
  • complete the Safe Environment Application every five years; and
  • receive written approval from the Diocese.

Documents and Forms

Click on the following links to access the Safe Environment Policy documents and forms. The forms may be completed on the computer and then printed or may be printed and then completed by hand.

Volunteer Criminal Record Check

Diocesan volunteers can apply for their criminal record check free-of-charge through the Criminal Records Review Program

  • Website for Online Application:  https://justice.gov.bc.ca/eCRC/
  • Access Code:  Contact your parish/school Safe Environment Coordinator for the access code.  (Note:  The parish and school access codes are different.)
  • If the online application fails to work, try using a different internet browser (e.g. if you are using Internet Explorer, use Google Chrome or FireFox instead).

If your online application is successful, the online system will provide you with a confirmation number for your submission.

If your online application is not successful, the online system will prompt you to print a criminal record check consent form.  Print the form and sign it.  Bring the form, along with photo ID to your parish/school Safe Environment Coordinator, who will verify your ID and submit the form to the Criminal Records Review Program.

If you prefer to submit a manual application or you do not meet the requirements for the online application, visit the RCMP or local municipal police (the cost will vary depending on the community). See “Employee Criminal Record Check” below.  

Employee Criminal Record Check

All school employees must complete an online criminal record check at the school.

All parish employees must provide a criminal record check by visiting the RCMP or local municipal police.

When you visit the RCMP or local municipal police, remember the following:

Fingerprinting

In some cases, fingerprinting will be required to complete the criminal record check (a fee will apply).  If you have been asked to go for fingerprints, contact the Safe Environment Office immediately (250-448-2725 or Turn on JavaScript!).  The SEO will provide you with instructions and make a note on your file.

Fingerprints are used to confirm your identity when some of your personal information matches that of a pardoned sex offender.

The processing time for fingerprinting can be up to 22 weeks.  You will not be approved to work/volunteer in the Diocese until the final results of the criminal record check, including the fingerprinting, have been submitted to and reviewed by the Safe Environment Office.

Visiting Clergy and Religious Brothers and Sisters

Please submit the following forms to the Safe Environment Office before you arrive in the Diocese:

Disclosure Form 2 - To be completed by the visitor

Disclosure Form 3 - To be completed by the visitor's Bishop or Religious Superior

Visitng Clergy and Religious brothers and sisters must receive written approval from the Diocese of Nelson before they minister.

WORKPLACE BULLYING AND HARASSMENT PREVENTION POLICY

The Diocese of Nelson is committed to creating and maintaining a work environment where people are treated, and treat each other, professionally and respectfully in their interactions and where the dignity of all individuals is upheld.

Documents and Forms

LINKS

Church Links

Child and Youth Protection Links

Vulnerable Adult Assistance Links

 

TRAINING VIDEOS

Follow this procedure when using the online training videos:

  1. The Pastor, Principal or Safe Environment Coordinator schedules a meeting with the applicant at the parish/school.
  2. The Pastor, Principal or Safe Environment Coordinator enters the password. Do not give the password to the applicant.
  3. The applicant watches the entire video in the presence of the Pastor, Principal or Safe Environment Coordinator – no fast-forwarding or stopping it early.
  4. The Pastor, Principal or Safe Environment Coordinator who supervised the training signs the confirmation of training and mails the original form to the Safe Environment Office.

Safe Environment Policy Training Video - 46 minutes
Updated Information:  To report suspected abuse or neglect, phone 1-800-663-9122 at any time of the day or night.  Children or Youth may call the Helpline for Children at 310-1234 at any time.

Respectful Workplace Training Video  - 37 minutes
(Workplace Bullying & Harassment Prevention)