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The chairperson of the Safeguard the Children Committee​ is appointed by the pastor/administrator, high school principal, or other person in charge of the location. The Safeguard the Children Committee must include people who are not paid personnel, such as parents/guardians, volunteers, and other representative members of the parish or school community. 

The committee must also include the pastor/administrator, parish life director, or other person in charge of the location, as well as the principal, director of religious education, youth minister, confirmation coordinator, and the VIRTUS® facilitator, if the parish or school has people in these positions. When possible, all committees are encouraged to include professionals in law enforcement, mental health, and other helping professions.