Safe Environment Training

The Diocese of Phoenix is committed to protecting all children and youth by offering, at all Diocesan parishes, several abuse prevention educational sessions. The Diocesan Policy and Procedure for the Protection of Minors requires all clergy, employees, volunteers that directly serve minors, and minors to attend training on an annual basis. All other volunteers in the parish must attend Safe Environment training every other year. In Catholic education grades Pre-k through high school, every student every year participates in a Safe Environment program.

In the Diocese of Phoenix, all adult volunteers must complete the initial Safe Environment for Lay People Foundation Training. This training is offered online (allow 2 hours to complete) and in person (allow for extra time as discussion may extend the training.) This program teaches the steps that can be taken to prevent child sexual abuse. Additionally, everyone is required to complete a volunteer application and Code of Ethics as well as consent to a background check.

A 45-minute renewal training is offered for all subsequent years and can be completed online. Go to to learn more about the Diocese of Phoenix Safe Environment Training, to register for an in-person training class (where available), or to complete the online training.