The Office of Safe Environment at the Diocese of Madison is the "umbrella" department which manages all Safe Environment Requirements, Documentation, and Training Sessions. These sessions, including “Valuing God’s Gifts in Ourselves and Others” and VIRTUS® Protecting God’s Children® for Adults for preschoolers through adults, offer instruction in self-protection and protection of children, young people, and vulnerable adults.
Office of Safe Environment, established in 2004, the Diocesan Safe Environment Program is charged with working with diocesan offices and institutions, parishes, and schools to create and maintain safe environments for all. This office:
- Distributes to parishes and offices the Diocese of Madison Policy Regarding Abuse of Minors, Sexual Misconduct, Sexual Harassment, and the Diocese of Madison Code of Pastoral Conduct for Priests, Deacons, Pastoral Ministers, Administrators, Staff, and Volunteers
- Coordinates the educational measures required by the Diocese of Madison policy and the USCCB Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People
- Maintains records of receipt of returned "Statement of Receipt and Agreement" forms, background check authorizations and results, and VIRTUS™ training
- Conducts background checks on all employees of the diocese, parishes, schools, offices, institutions, and programs as well as volunteers who work regularly with children, volunteers who transport others in the course of their service, and volunteers who have access to large amounts of parish, school, or diocesan monies.
As with all personnel-related information, background check records are kept confidential, accessible only to the Diocesan Chancery and Human Resource Office.