The purpose of the Safe Environment Program is to create a safe environment for our children. The Program oversees all aspects of compliance mandated by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People; coordinates Protecting Gods Children workshops; assists parishes with Safe Environment Program software; and monitors compliance issues and conducts internal audits at parishes, schools, and agencies prior to the formal USCCB audit.
All Employees and Volunteers who have contact with minors on a regular basis* must:
[* A person would be considered to have contact with minors on a regular basis if he/she would be in a position in which there would be a likelihood that he/she would be working with or near minors three or more times a year, would be participating in an overnight program with minors, or would be on a list of persons eligible to be working with minors.]
All children in archdiocesan educational programs are encouraged to participate in a “Safe Touch” program. Safe Touch programs are educational programs that teach children how to protect themselves from being sexually abused. Age appropriate programs are being implemented throughout the archdiocese.