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Safe Environments

Diocesan Policy/Code of Conduct

Background Screening

In an effort to guard the safety of Minors and Vulnerable Adults under the care of the Diocese, all Church Personnel, ages 18 and older, will be required to submit a Level 2 criminal background investigation. Eligibility for employment, volunteer work, or ministry will be contingent and conditioned upon a satisfactory background investigation. This background investigation will be updated periodically. This policy applies even if an individual has been cleared through an FBI or FDLE check conducted by their employer or another non-Diocesan entity.


All Church Personnel, including applicants offered a position, independent contractors, and covered volunteers are required to successfully complete safe environment training through the VIRTUS training program. Children and youth education programs are also to be conducted yearly. Click here for more information.

Code of Conduct

Those persons that must comply with the Code of Pastoral Conduct are priests, deacons, religious, seminarians, deacon aspirants, pastoral ministers, staff, and volunteers in our parishes, schools, religious institutes and societies of apostolic life, and organizations. A signed attestation must be on file confirming agreement with the conduct outlined in our Code of Conduct document.

Our Policies

Creating and Maintaining a Safe Environment for Minors and Vulnerable Adults in the Diocese of Palm Beach (Diocesan)

Province of Florida and Procedural Guidelines Relating to Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults (Province)



United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Charter

Read the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People

Versión en Español - Estatuto para la protección de niños y jóvene


Child and Youth Protection - View informational video