Safe Environment Program

En Español l Report Abuse l Safe Environment Newsletter

The Chancery Office oversees the Safe Environment Program which educates clergy, employees and volunteers in the Diocese of Little Rock on how to prevent child sexual abuse, how to recognize sex offender behaviors, and how to create safe environments for children and young people in our parishes, schools and community.

Child and Youth Protection

The Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People is a comprehensive set of procedures established by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) in June 2002 for addressing allegations of sexual abuse of minors by Catholic clergy. The Charter also includes guidelines for reconciliation, healing, accountability and prevention of future acts of abuse. To learn more, see the following from the USCCB. 

Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People

Did You Know?

Frequently Asked Questions

Key Milestones in Strengthening Child and Youth Protection Within the Church

Essential Norms

VIRTUS Training Program

The diocese makes use of the VIRTUS program, which helps identify best practices programs designed to help prevent wrongdoing and promote "rightdoing" within religious organizations. The VIRTUS programs empower organizations and people to better control risk and improve the lives of all those who interact with the Church. The diocese requires all adults working with youth to be trained through the VIRTUS program. 

VIRTUS — Registration Flowchart and Instructions (en Español)

VIRTUS — Background Checks "How To"

VIRTUS Quick Reference Guide

VIRTUS Live Training Dates

The following requirements for safe environment training for adults working with youth in the diocese were effective March 1, 2016:

Decree of Changes to Safe Environment Polices (en Español)