Initial Safe Environment Training for Adults

The Office of Safe Environment is responsible for educating clergy, members of a religious order, diocesan and parish employees, and volunteers whose ministry places them in regular contact with children, youth, and vulnerable adults about child sexual abuse.  The required Safe Environment training teaches attendees how to prevent child sexual abuse, how to recognize predatory behaviors, review proper boundaries, and how to create safe environments for children, youth, and vulnerable adults in our parishes, schools, agencies, and the community at large.  Safe Environment training also emphasizes the need to create and maintain a culture of awareness, knowledge, and vigilance for those entrusted in our care. 


A requirement of the diocesan Child and Youth Protection policy is the completion of the initial Safe Environment training session (2 hours) within sixty (60) days of assumption of duties, employment, or volunteering for those 18 years of age and older. 


Those required to attend the initial Safe Environment Training and undergo a criminal background check: 

  • All clergy;
  • All members of religious orders;
  • All parish and diocesan employees, including those who have no contact with children, young people, or vulnerable adults;
  • Adult volunteers whose ministry or role places them in regular contact with children, young people, or vulnerable adults;
  • Any adult interested in learning more about child abuse prevention.

To complete the credentialing process, participants must pass a criminal background check.  

Although not required, 16 and 17 year old employees and volunteers may attend training with parental permission.

Contact the Safe Environment office if you have already attended an initial Safe Environment training in another diocese.

Click here to view the initial training schedule and to register for a session.

For any assistance, contact the Safe Environment Office: 315.470.1421 or

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