Safe Environment
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The Diocese of Kalamazoo is committed to creating safe environments in our parishes and schools. The mission of the Safe Environment Office is to assist parishes and schools in their implementation of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.

The Office of Safe Environment conducts criminal background checks on all clergy and employees, as well as all volunteers who have regular contact with children in parishes and schools.  We work with parishes and schools to schedule training sessions. The VIRTUS™ program “Protecting God’s Children for Adults” is used to train employees and volunteers to prevent child sexual abuse. The three hour session covers the scope and nature of child sexual abuse.  It gives five specific steps adults can take to protect children.

Locating a Training Session and Registering Online:  To locate a VIRTUS™ Protecting God's Children for Adults training session please see the submenu column at the left, click the "Protecting God's Children Awareness Session",  on the next page click "Training Session Schedule" which will take you to www.virtusonline.org website.  On this page use the "drop down arrow" to select Diocese of Kalamazoo, then click on "Select."  (Note over 140 dioceses in the USA use VIRTUS.)  The upcoming training sessions will be listed.  To register, click the button "Start Registration" and answer each page completely.  Thank you for registering online!

The Safe Environment Office conducts semi-annual audit reports to assist parishes and schools in identifying that all clergy and employees as well as all volunteers who have contact with minors are background checked and trained to prevent child sexual abuse. 

Sexual Misconduct Questions & Reporting Line:  877-802-0115


Policies:
Dealing with Allegations
Background Checks
Visiting Clergy  (Priests and Deacons)
Outside Vendors
Communication Policy

Forms:
Criminal Background Check (CBC) Authorization
Criminal Background Check  (Espanol)
Hosting Virtus Training Session
Outside Vendors
Visiting Clergy

Documents:
Code of Ethical Standards
Reporting Abuse
MI Child Protection Law
Child Protection Contacts