In November 2002, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) adopted the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People (the “Charter”) to assure a safer environment for children and young people and to express the responsibility of all to care for and reach out to the victims of sexual abuse and their families. Read more...
- Pray: Prayer is the most important way you can help the Church most effectively offer healing to survivors of abuse, seek reconciliation with affected communities, and protect children
- Participate: Contact your diocesan safe environment coordinator to see how you can help train adults and children to prevent and report abuse. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children also has resources to help you train your children.
- Promote: Promote healing and reconciliation with victims/survivors of abuse. (Read more)
Ensuring a safe environment for children and young people is a continuous effort. The Archdiocese pledges to continue its efforts and work toward identifying areas where we can be more effective.
Safe Environment Training Schedule
The Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People requires dioceses and eparchies to provide education and training for children (see Circle of Grace curriculum below), youth, parents, ministers, educators, volunteers and others about ways to make and maintain a safe environment for children, young people, and vulnerable adults.
The Safe Environment Protocol includes the following:
- An interview
- Attendance of the Safe Environment training
- Completion of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City application
- Three reference checks
- Reading and signing the Code of Conduct
- A background check (for 18 years old and over)
Next Training: Thursday, October 11, at 8:00 a.m.
Location: St. Philip Neri - Lamb Room. Use south parking lot and enter through the church office.
Upcoming Training(s): 11/07/18 at 8:00 am.
Safe Environment Training for Children - Circle of Grace Curriculum
Education is an important aspect of effectively preventing the sexual abuse of children. Prevention education focuses on the dissemination of factual information about child sexual abuse and the development of skills to enable a child to avoid or to resist an approach by an offender. A necessary ingredient for education is information about what to do and whom to contact for help if assaulted. Beyond these obvious goals, prevention education within a religious context offers the Church an opportunity to teach children about God’s care for children, about justice and forgiveness, and about the Church’s care for survivors....Read more...
- - Letter from Archbishop Paul S. Coakley
- - Circle of Grace Concept
- - Goals and Objectives
- - Overview and Samples
- - document Parent Refusal of Safe Environment Training Form (15 KB)
Safe Environment Documents
- Archdiocesan Procedures for Reporting Child Abuse & Neglect of Minors
- Safe Environment Application
- Archdiocese of OKC Code of Conduct
- - USCCB Child and Youth Protection
- - Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People
- - Child Abuse Reporting Hotlines
- - Faith and Technology
- - The National Child Traumatic Stress Network
- - Frequently Asked Questions