Safe Environment

Safe Environment



In November 2002, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) adopted the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People (the “Charter”) to assure a safer environment for children and young people and to express the responsibility of all to care for and reach out to the victims of sexual abuse and their families. Read more... 

The bishops of the United States are committed to their Promise to Protect, Pledge to Heal to parishes. Through the implementation of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, dioceses have put in place effective policies for safeguarding the most vulnerable. Learn how you can take part in ensuring children and vulnerable adults are kept safe in your own communities and beyond with these three easy steps this April.
  • Pray: Prayer is the most important way you can help the Church most effectively offer healing to survivors of abuse, seek reconciliation with affected communities, and protect children
  • Participate: Contact your diocesan safe environment coordinator to see how you can help train adults and children to prevent and report abuse. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children also has resources to help you train your children.
  • Promote: Promote healing and reconciliation with victims/survivors of abuse. (Read more)

Ensuring a safe environment for children and young people is a continuous effort. The Archdiocese pledges to continue its efforts and work toward identifying areas where we can be more effective. 


Safe Environment Training Schedule

The Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People requires dioceses and eparchies to provide education and training for children (see Circle of Grace curriculum below), youth, parents, ministers, educators, volunteers and others about ways to make and maintain a safe environment for children, young people, and vulnerable adults.

The Safe Environment Protocol includes the following:

  • - An interview

  • - Attendance of the Safe Environment training

  • - Completion of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City application

  • - Three reference checks

  • - Reading and signing the Code of Conduct

  • - A background check (for 18 years old and over)

Next Training: Wednesday, November 15, 2017, at 8:00 a.m.

Location:  St. Philip Neri - Lamb Room

Upcoming Training(s):  2018 Schedule: 01/11/18 at 3:30 pm, 02/07/18 at 8:00 am, 03/08/18 at 3:30 pm, 04/11/18 at 8:00 am, 05/03/18 at 3:30 pm, 07/11/18 at 8:00 am, two trainings in August the evening of the Parent's Meetings (dates will be announced), 09/05/18 at 8:00 am, 10/11/18 at 3:30 pm, and 11/07/18 at 8:00 am.


Safe Environment Training for Children - Circle of Grace Curriculum   

Education is an important aspect of effectively preventing the sexual abuse of children. Prevention education focuses on the dissemination of factual information about child sexual abuse and the development of skills to enable a child to avoid or to resist an approach by an offender. A necessary ingredient for education is information about what to do and whom to contact for help if assaulted.  Beyond these obvious goals, prevention education within a religious context offers the Church an opportunity to teach children about God’s care for children, about justice and forgiveness, and about the Church’s care for survivors....Read more... 


Safe Environment Documents  


Safe Environment Links




Lorna Bohn
405-737-4476 ext. 103
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