“Let there now be no doubt or confusion on anyone’s part: For us, your bishops, our obligation to protect children and young people and to prevent sexual abuse flows from the mission and example given to us by Jesus Christ himself, in whose name we serve.”
The You Matter Adult Safe Environment training 60 minute video will be discontinued as of December 31, 2015. We will start using the VIRTUS Protecting God’s Children program effective January 1, 2016. Archbishop Gregory’s commitment to the protection of our children and vulnerable individuals and the healing of the victims is re-affirmed with the adoption of a new Safe Environment program, VIRTUS Protecting God’s Children. See his letter here.
The mission of the Safe Environment Office at the Archdiocese of Atlanta is to ensure that children, young people, and vulnerable individuals who worship, study, or participate in activities sponsored therein can do so in the safest and most secure setting possible. We are responsible for implementing and overseeing the full Archdiocesan response to the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People (Charter). We strive to comply with Articles 12 and 13 of the Charter which requires every diocese in the United States to maintain Safe Environment programs and to perform background screenings. Article 12 is applied with the Safe Environment programs in place to help educate involved parties on how they can contribute with the promise to protect our children, young people, and vulnerable individuals from abuse. Furthermore, Article 13 is also applied by performing background screenings on all those individuals working with children, young people, and vulnerable individuals.
Please use the menu to the left to see the training programs that are available.
We want to make sure we are always improving our processes and maintaining the outmost effectiveness of the program and its tools. Therefore, we are taking the following steps in the near future: