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Child Safety

Our programs and efforts to take care of the greatest gifts from God: our young.

Our children are one of the most precious of all of the gifts we have from God. At the Church of St. Rosalie we take seriously our commitment to providing a safe and healthy environment so that everyone, especially our children and young people, can live and grow in a Catholic Christian atmosphere of acceptance and joy.

 As a church of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, our parish complies with all diocesan policies and practices - including compliance with The Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People (known as The Dallas Charter), adopted by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) at Dallas in 2002 and revised in 2005.

You can find information concerning the Diocese of Rockville Centre’s efforts to protect children at the webpage for the Office of the Protection of Children and Young People by clicking here.
You can read the full text of The Dallas Charter in its entirety online by clicking here.

Our approach to safety issues is multi-faceted and includes practices and policies such as: (click on each policy for a more in-depth explanation)

A pre-employment/ministry application process including personal references and Criminal Background Checks for all Priests, Deacons, Religious, Staff and Volunteer Ministers;


Training in Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention for Adults;

Safety Programs for our Children and Youth;


A Well-Lit Campus with secure buildings and grounds;


Ongoing Risk Management Assessment and An Atmosphere of Open Dialogue.


Pre-Employment/Pre-Ministry Application

Along with having an interview with the Ministries Coordinator and Area Ministry Leader, prospective employees and ministers of St. Rosalie’s - including all Priests, Deacons, Religious, Professional Staff and Volunteers – complete a full application which includes references and consent to conduct a Criminal Background Check. Therefore all parishioners, especially parents/guardians, can be assured that everyone who is currently ministering in our parish has been cleared to be working with children.


Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention

After the successful completion of the application process everyone ministering in our parish must participate in the VIRTUS® module Protecting God’s Children for Adults (for complete information about VIRTUS® and its modules please see www.virtus.org).

At this time all participants are asked to make a formal commitment to protecting children from abuse by agreeing to and signing a Code of Conduct. The following is the complete text of the Code of Conduct agreed to by our Volunteer Ministers.

Volunteer’s Code of Conduct

Our children are the most important gifts God has entrusted to us. As a volunteer, I promise to strictly follow the rules and guidelines in this Volunteer’s Code of Conduct as a condition of my providing services to the children and youth of our parish.

 As a volunteer, I will: 

§         Treat everyone with respect, loyalty, patience, integrity, courtesy, dignity, and consideration.

§         Avoid situations where I am alone with children and/or youth at Church activities.

§         Use positive reinforcement rather than criticism, competition, or comparison when working with children and/or youth.

§         Refuse to accept expensive gifts from children and/or youth or their parents without prior written approval from the pastor or administrator.

§         Refrain from giving expensive gifts to children and/or youth without prior written approval from the parents or guardian and the pastor or administrator.

§         Report suspected abuse to the pastor, administrator, or appropriate supervisor and the New York State Child Registry (1-800-342-3720). I understand that failure to report suspected abuse to civil authorities is, according to the law, a misdemeanor.

§         Cooperate fully in any investigation of abuse of children and/or youth.

As a volunteer, I will not: 

§         Smoke or use tobacco products in the presence of children and/or youth.

§         Use, possess, or be under the influence of alcohol at any time while volunteering.

§         Use, possess, or be under the influence of illegal drugs at any time.

§         Pose any health risk to children and/or youth (i.e., no fevers or other contagious situations).

§         Strike, spank, shake, or slap children and/or youth.

§         Humiliate, ridicule, threaten, or degrade children and/or youth.

§         Touch a child and/or youth in a sexual or other inappropriate manner.

§         Use any discipline that frightens or humiliates children and/or youth.

§         Use profanity in the presence of children and/or youth.

I understand that as a volunteer working with children and/or youth, I am subject to a thorough background check including criminal history. I understand that any action inconsistent with this Code of Conduct or failure to take action mandated by this Code of Conduct may result in my removal as a volunteer with children and/or youth.

The original copies of the signed Code of Conduct for all active Volunteer Ministers are kept on file with the Ministries Coordinator.


Safety Programs for our Children and Youth

While the education of adults guarantees that our parish has many “eyes” and “ears” to watch out for and protect children, our efforts at protection would not be complete without the education of our children as well.

The parish’s Religious Formation program incorporates into the curriculum two different programs that have been established by the diocesan Office of the Protection of Children and Young People, Keeping Fuzzie Safe and Talk-2-Us.  

Click Here for complete information about these programs.


A Well-Lit Campus with secure buildings and grounds

Since July 2004 our parish campus has undergone improvements in the safety and security of the buildings and grounds. Although it would be too lengthy to list every undertaking, here is a partial list of just some of the things we’ve done to improve security. 

§         Improved lighting in and around the campus buildings.

§         All Fire Escape Routes have been inspected and approved by the Southampton Town Fire Marshall’s Office.

§         Additional Emergency Lighting.

§         The Fire, Security and Sprinkler Systems have been upgraded and undergo regular maintenance and testing.

§         Additional units and phones have been added to the Parish Center’s Intercom System.

§         A complete two-way Radio Communication System (Base unit and Handheld units) has been added for programs operating simultaneously in separate buildings.

§         Each building has been equipped with a First Aid Kit, Bodily Fluid Spill Clean-up Kit and Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs). The Professional Staff and a number of Volunteer Ministers are trained and certified annually in Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and the use of the AEDs.

§         The grounds have been landscaped to improve visibility and eliminate hiding places.

§         During program operations, buildings are locked to limit access only to those with Staff approval.

§         A lock-down procedure has been established and open communication is maintained with the Southampton Town Police Department for area emergencies.


Ongoing Risk Management Assessment and Review

No program of Safety and Risk Management can be complete without regular periodic review and assessment. Not only are these assessments completed by the Parish Staff and reviewed by the Diocese, but we urge all parishioners to also take a part in our safety efforts.  We desire and promote an atmosphere of open dialogue with every parishioner especially where children are concerned. 

§         If you witness a crime against a child or the property – CALL 911.

§         If you see something that requires attention – PLEASE TELL US.

§         If you have a question, comment or concern – CONTACT US.

§         If you would like to learn more – ASK US.