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Safe Environment Program

Keeping Children & Youth Safe


The Safe Environment Program of the Diocese of Fort Worth is the "umbrella" department which manages all Safe Environment Training Sessions. These sessions, for preschoolers through adults, offer instruction in self-protection and in the protection of children and young people.

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Anyone wishing information regarding the Online Safe Environment Renewal Program should contact their parish or school Safe Environment Coordinators for assistance.


Mission Statement

Dedicated to ensuring a culture of safe and respectful conduct in all ministries of the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth, enhancing and protecting the dignity and trust of all God’s people.
Safe Environment Program



Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People
Estatuto para la protección de niños y jóvenes


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Creating a safe environment for children and young people is a diocesan priority. Article 12 of the US Bishops’ document, The Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, requires U.S. dioceses to establish "safe environment programs" and gives the necessary elements of these programs.

The diocesan safe environment program includes:

  • Training for all volunteers regarding the dynamics of abuse and abuse-prevention strategies (this is required every 3 years).
  • Evaluation of the backgrounds of all employees and volunteers.
  • Review and signing of the Code of Conduct and Standards of Behavior.

All programs require the presence of two adults or one adult and two older teen.

This policy extends to:

  • All Church-sponsored trainings and events regardless of where the programs or activities are held.
  • Catholic school events and activities outside of a regular classroom setting
  • Religious education classes and programs
  • Youth ministry programs and events
  • Liturgy of the Word for children
  • Rite of Christian Initiation adapted for children
  • Babysitting, nursery and child care programs
  • Choirs for children and youth
  • Altar server training
  • Vacation Bible School
  • Scouting

All employees are screened during the interview and hiring process. All new volunteers are to be interviewed and screened. The interview and screening packet for volunteers is available here.


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Richard Mathews
Director of Safe Environment

Nancy Mitchell
Safe Environment Database Administrator


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