Safe Environment Program

Archdiocesan Safe Environment Program

The Archdiocese of Atlanta is committed to helping children and young people learn and grow in a healthy and safe environment. St. Catherine Laboure Catholic Church complies with archdiocesan safe environment policies and procedures in accordance with the U.S. Bishop’s Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. Safe Environment programs are in place to assist parents and children—and those whose duties involve contact with minors—in preventing harm to young people.

The Archdiocese of Atlanta proudly offers Safe Environment training materials to all schools and parishes. VIRTUS Protecting God’s Children (commonly referred to as “Virtus”) is the training program for adults and children in grades Kindergarten through 12th grade. We are happy to partner with you in working to keep your children safe. Please visit the Archdiocesan Safe Environment page for information on reporting child abuse.

Volunteer Safe Environment Requirements

The Archdiocese of Atlanta requires that all adult volunteers (18 years old or older) working with children, youth, and/or vulnerable individuals must complete the Safe Environment training (VIRTUS) and undergo a background screening before they start volunteering.

In addition, volunteers must be familiar with the Reporting Child Abuse Guidelines. To view these guidelines, please visit https://archatl.com/offices/child-and-youth-protection/reporting-abuse.

If you have any questions, please contact the parish office at 706-367-2770.

Important Web Links:

Safe Environment main page – https://archatl.com/ministries-services/safe-environment

Reporting Abuse - https://archatl.com/offices/child-and-youth-protection/reporting-abuse

Safe Environment Policies & Procedures – https://archatl.com/ministries-services/safe-environment/policies-and-procedures

VIRTUS – https://archatl.com/ministries-services/safe-environment/virtus-protecting-gods-children

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