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Safe Environment

The Archdiocese of Milwaukee is committed to keeping children safe every day throughout the year.

Promise to Protect, Pledge to Heal

The Archdiocese of Milwaukee is committed to maintaining safe environments for children to learn, pray, and grow.  Our Safe Environment Office supports our parishes and schools and maintains the compliance of our archdiocese in our Promise to Protect, Pledge to Heal. Every priest, deacon, parish or school staff member, teacher and lay minister that is employed by a parish or school and any volunteer working with minors in our archdiocese is required to meet three requirements:

1-Attend a Safe Environment Education Session.  This is a child abuse and maltreatment prevention program that must be attended in person. The current curriculum taught in this session is Circle of Care by the Archdiocese of Omaha. 

2-Pass a Criminal Background Check. This check is done at the start of employment or beginning volunteering with minors and must be done every five (5) years subsequently.  The criminal background check is conducted through the CMG Connect portal.  

3-Sign the Code of Ethical Standards for Church Leaders Link to Code of Ethical Standards.  This code of conduct provides volunteers and employees with expectations and guidelines for how they interact with and conduct themselves in ministry. This code must be signed prior to beginning volunteering or working in a parish or school and is reviewed every five (5) years subsequently.  

As Catholics, we are all tasked with participating in ensuring that every child is able to feel safe in our parishes and schools. We invite you to explore what we are doing at the archdiocesan level, at the parish level, and what we ask of every adult  in our parishes to do to help us maintain a Safe Environment to remember our past, protect our present and hope for our future. 

Charter Compliance

The Charter is a comprehensive set of procedures established by the USCCB in June 2002 for addressing allegations of sexual abuse of minors by Catholic clergy. 

Available in English and Spanish

Pastors, Principals and Coordinators

Information for pastors, principals, and Safe Environment coordinators relating to policies, requirements and compliance. 

Educator Resources

Recommended concepts and safe environment curriculum for principals, religious education directors, teachers and catechists.

Mandatory Reporting

In the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, all clergy, staff, and volunteers working with children are trained in how recognize the signs of abuse and where to report abuse.  

Code of Ethical Standards

The Code contains standards that help to delineate boundaries by which ethical questions can be evaluated.

Social Networking Policy

When using these technologies, every effort must be made to create and maintain safe and secure environments.

Overnight Trips with Minors

Parishes and/or schools are responsible for the safety of the young people participating in overnight trips. Please use these policies to ensure safe environments when planning any overnight events involving minors.

Child Abuse Prevention Month

During April, we highlight one week as Safe Environment Week so that everyone can simultaneously focus on abuse prevention, including the archdiocesan initiatives that are already underway. 


Additional prayers, letters, instructions, requirements and flyers from the Safe Environment Office. 

Register for Safe Environment

The Archdiocese of Milwaukee has a partnership with Catholic Mutual Group to provide Safe Environment Education. Go to CMG Connect to register for training.

View a listing of upcoming sessions

Download the instruction sheet in either English or Spanish (Español)

Register (Please Note: The online safe environment registration database will be offline and unavailable for a scheduled upgrade from December 11th-December 13th.)​

Already attended a session?

Log back into your CMG account to:

  • Finish initial training registration
  • Complete additional training
  • Renew 5-year background check and code of conduct

Login(Please Note: The online safe environment registration database will be offline and unavailable for a scheduled upgrade from December 11th-December 13th.)

Important Notice

For those attending Safe Environment Education session:

All participants must arrive on time and stay for the entire session. Latecomers will not be admitted and those who leave early will not receive credit for attendance.

Safe Environment Education sessions are not appropriate for those under the age of 18 and still in High School. Please do not bring your underage children unless the location specifies that child care is provided.

Suzanne Nickolai
Safe Environment Program Manager

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The Archdiocese of Milwaukee

3501 South Lake Drive
PO Box 070912
Milwaukee, WI 53207-0912

Phone:  (414) 769-3300
Toll-Free: (800) 769-9373
Fax:  (414)  769-3408