Safe Environment

Safe Environment Training

We can all be part of the solution--- together we can prevent child abuse.  All clergy, consecrated men and women and employees, are required to take Safe Environment Training annually.  In addition, all volunteers serving minors, working in food pantries or meal service, providing ministerial service in private homes or other facilities and/or administering service in an after school program must be trained annually. 

In the Diocese of Phoenix all volunteers must complete a safe environment training foundation class.  The current foundation training program is “Protecting God’s Children for Adults.”  “Protecting God’s Children for Adults” is a 3 hour program which provides steps that each one of us can take to prevent child sexual abuse. As a component of the training, all volunteers are required to complete a Volunteer Application and Code of Ethics. 

After taking the Safe Environment foundation course, a renewal training (approximately 30 minutes) is offered for all subsequent years.  This training is offered through in-class sessions or through online training.  The current renewal training program is "Celebrating and Protecting the Gift of Life."

 If you have already completed the foundation class, please visit www.safeenvironmenttraining.org and click on “My Obligations” to complete your renewal class by October 1, 2017.

 Please visit www.safeenvironmenttraining.org to learn more about the Diocese of Phoenix Safe Environment Training, to register for a training class or to complete online training.  

For more information, please contact Salina Villanueva at svillanueva@sthelenglendale.org or 623-500-3217. 

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Diocese of Phoenix Policy and Procedures for the Protection of Minors

A copy of the Diocese of Phoenix Policy and Procedures for the Protection of Minors is available in the parish front office or by visiting www.safeenvironmenttraining.org and selecting the “Policy & Procedures” link.

The Diocese of Phoenix encourages anyone who has been a victim of sexual, physical or emotional abuse by any clergy, consecrated life, employee or volunteer of the Roman Catholic Church to contact the police. In addition, the Diocese of Phoenix provides support services through its Office of Child and Youth Protection (602-354-2396).

Please continue to pray for the end of all abuse and a greater respect of the dignity of the human person.