Safe Environment

The Diocese of Phoenix is committed to protecting all children and youth by offering several
abuse prevention educational sessions.

The Diocesan Policy and Procedure for the Protection of minors requires all clergy, employees ,
volunteers that directly serve minors, and minors to attend training on an annual basis.
All other volunteers must attend training every other year.

Please continue to pray for the end of all abuse and a greater respect of the human person.
To read the Policy and Procedures for the Protection of Minors, please click on either link below:

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Individual Safe Environment Program Descriptions:

In the training sessions, clergy, employees, and volunteers learn myths and facts about sexual abuse and sexual offenders. They learn detailed warning signs to watch for in adults who may abuse, and how to identify children who may have been abused. Clergy, employees, and volunteers learn specific steps to take in screening, guidelines for interaction, monitoring, training and responding. To keep ministries safe, standards must be met in parishes, schools, youth events,—anywhere there are children

Training Provided to our Youths

This program—the first of its kind—teaches youth grades 6th -12th about their physical, emotional, and behavioral boundaries and how to respond if someone tries to violate them. Youth learn why it can be difficult to report abuse that has occurred to them or someone they know. It also teaches them words to say if they, or someone they know, are being abused. Parent/ guardian permission is required for attendance of these sessions.

Curriculum for Pre- K – 5th grades

Age-appropriate information is provided and parent/guardian permission is required for attendance at these sessions.

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