The Archdiocese of Atlanta is committed to our compliance with the USCCB Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. Article 12 of the Charter mandates that each diocese “maintain safe environment programs… conducted cooperatively with parents, civil authorities, educators and community organizations to provide education and training for children, youth, parents, ministers, educators, volunteers and others about mays to make and maintain a safe environment for children and young people.” 

Since the fall of 2014, the Archdiocese of Atlanta has been using the VIRTUS children’s safe environment training, Empowering God’s Children, for all children enrolled in parish schools of religion and Archdiocesan Catholic schools.

The job of ensuring children’s safety is a challenging undertaking. The prevention of child sexual abuse requires more than adult awareness, education, and training about the nature and scope of the problem. We must also give our children the tools they need to overcome the advances of someone who intends to do them harm.

Empowering God’s Children begins with a short introductory video, which lays the groundwork for the educator. The lessons are organized so that each child receives the full range of information in small digestible bites. Activities contained in the lesson plans help students apply the message from the lessons to their daily lives.

Please reference the resources below for more information.

Parent Resources

Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory’s Letter of support for the VIRTUS Protecting God’s Children Safe Environment Program

Last Updated: September 15, 2015

Teaching Boundaries and Safety Guide – Guide for Caring Adults, Parents, and Guardians

Last Updated: August 21, 2019

VIRTUS – Children’s Program Brochure

Last Updated: September 23, 2019

VIRTUS – Children’s Program Overview

Last Updated: August 1, 2019

Parish / School Resources

Children’s Safe Environment Reminders

Last Updated: August 1, 2019

School Reference For Minor Volunteers

Last Updated: May 21, 2017

School Reference Form Instructions

Last Updated: December 21, 2015

VIRTUS Children’s Program Communication Template

Last Updated: August 22, 2020

VIRTUS Teaching Safety Opt-Out form

Last Updated: August 20, 2020

Volunteer Application for Minors

Last Updated: December 21, 2015

Volunteer Application for Minors – Spanish

Last Updated: June 21, 2012

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