Safe Haven

Saint Joseph Catholic School welcomes all parent and grandparent volunteers to our school family. In order to comply with the policies set forth by the National Council of Catholic Bishops and instituted by the Diocese of Charleston, all volunteers (and employees) are required to take the following steps before volunteering.

1. SAFE ENVIRONMENT TRAINING WITH SAFE HAVEN – Under the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, all employees and those volunteers with access to children must complete a course in prevention education. The training program the Diocese of Charleston chooses to use is Safe Haven. Training sessions are made available online. Please go to to complete your course. Download and print your certificate when you are finished or email it directly to

2. BACKGROUND SCREENING FORMS – All employees and volunteers over the age of 18 with regular access to children must complete a background screening packet. There are four forms within the packet that must be completed in their entirety.

3. REVISED DIOCESAN POLICY Concerning the Protection of Minors and Vulnerable Adults and Code of Conduct for Church Personnel and Volunteers (2022) – All employees and volunteers must read the Revised Diocesan Policy and sign the Acknowledgement of Receipt of the Policy. The policy can be found HERE.

All individuals who volunteer in the school must read and complete the Volunteer Screening packet and will be asked to complete the Diocesan mandated background check. You may print the required forms for submission or obtain them in the school office.

​The Policy of the Diocese of Charleston Concerning Allegations of Sexual

Misconduct or abuse of A Minor by Church Personnel

In an effort “To Promote Healing and Reconciliation with Victims/Survivors of Sexual Abuse of Minors,” the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People decreed that “dioceses are to have policies and procedures in place to respond promptly to any allegation where there is reason to believe that sexual abuse of a minor has occurred.”

You can click HERE to read the policy in its entirety.

​If you have any questions, please contact Kerry Reedy, our school’s Safe Environment Coordinator, at (803) 254-6736 or