Promise to Protect, Pledge to Heal
The goal of the Safeguarding All of God's Family program is to protect our children and all in the church family from abuse and related dangers.
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.
Use the links on the right to access the resources needed for your participation in the program. There is content specific to:
Register for Safe Environment Sessions
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)
For those participating in a Safe Environment Education session:
As of June 1, 2020, all safe environment education training sessions for the months of June and July 2020 will be conducted virtually in accordance with the guidelines laid out in the Catholic Comeback matrix. Participants will register for a session using the same process as an in-person session, and will be emailed the session log-in information 48 hours prior to the 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 make arrangements for children and youth for the time you will be participating in the training
April: Child Abuse Prevention Month
The Archdiocese of Milwaukee is committed to keeping children safe each and every day of the year. April is national Child Abuse Prevention Month. During this time, 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.
Resources, prayers, pledges and activities for the month of April and for Safe Environment Week, April 19th - April 25, 2020.