Safe Environment

Parish Coordinator:  Mary Ann Smolinski

As Christian adults, we have a moral and legal responsibility and are entrusted by God with the spiritual, emotional and physical well-being of minors and vulnerable adults.

Program Mission

As minors and vulnerable adults participate in activities within or sponsored by our diocese, it is our commitment to provide an environment which is safe and nurturing. Therefore, the mission of the Safe Environment Program is:

 

  • To provide required education for all employees (clergy, religious and laity), those volunteers and others regularly involved with minors, and parents, as to the issue of abuse of children including the detection, prevention and reporting of child abuse.

  • To provide required training programs for children and young people in our Catholic schools and religious education programs. This includes age appropriate materials pertaining to personal safety and information about improper touching and relationships. Children are not expected to be fully knowledgeable about child abuse or of the laws governing care of children but they need to know when they should seek assistance from a trusted adult.

  • To thoroughly screen and evaluate the background of all diocesan employees – clergy, religious and laity – and those volunteers who work with children and young people.

  • To hold those who minister in the name of the Church of Venice – all diocesan employees (clergy, religious and laity) and those volunteers who work with children and young people – to Christ-centered and professional codes of conduct.

The Safe Environment Program consists of two core components: Training and Awareness + Background Checking and Fingerprinting. See below for training registration, the background fingerprinting process, and other critical information.

Below you will find training registration, the background fingerprinting process, and other critical information.

Bishop Dewane Discusses Safe Environment
New to the Diocese?
Re-Screening and Re-Certification

Click here if you are returning to get re-screened or to re-certify your Safe Environment Training.

Abuse Reporting

How and who to report to.

Training Schedule

Click here for the latest schedule of in-person training sessions.

© 2020 Ave Maria Catholic Church  

Ave Maria Catholic Church

5068 Annunciation Circle Suite 101

Ave Maria, FL 34142

Phone Number:  239-261-5555