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 Safeguard the Children

Welcome!  The  Office of Safeguard the Children provides ongoing support, education, training and resources to help prevent child sexual abuse and to address children's safety in our parishes, schools, homes and communities.  Below find our featured items.  The menu to the right provides links to information regarding our Archdiocesan Programs.  


NEW Teaching Touching Safety

Programs and Resources

​(K - 5)

Safe Environment Training for Children and Young People
Year 1: The Five Body Safety Rules and Safe Adults (K - 3)  

The theme for the School Year 2017 – 2018 Safe Environment Training is focused on the important topic Safe and Unsafe Touching Rules and Safe Friednss.  In today’s world the internet and technology are a part of children’s and young people’s lives.  The Safeguard the Children website includes a variety of resources for you to choose from to teach this year’s lesson to the children and young people in your School or Religious Education, Program.  We have also added addition Online Resources for educators and parents to help increase your understanding of the current issues and give you some resources for your use. 

Note: All children and youth must be taught by February 15, 2018. (All classes must be reported on  VIRTUS Online not later than February 28, 2018).  Children Reporting Instructions

Working Together Brochures 2017

The new burgundy 2017 Working Together to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse brochures are here, complete with a letter from Archbishop José H. Gomez.   These brochures list all of the Safe Environment offices with complete contact information as well as  reporting information for Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties.  


The Brochure is available for download below.  To order free hardcopies of the brochure for your parish, simply send us a completed order form.  Available in English and Spanish. 


2017 "Working Together" - Brochure in English (PDF) 

2017 "Trabajando Juntos" - Brochure in Spanish (PDF)

2017 "Working Together" -  Brochure in Korean (PDF)

2017 "Working Together" - Brochure in Vietnamese (PDF)

2017 "Working Together" -  Brochure in Japanese (PDF)

For additional information, or to contact the Office of Safeguard the Children, please call or email us at: (213) 637-7508 

Safeguard the Children Parish Committee Handbook:
The goal of Archdiocese of Los Angeles Office of Safeguard the Children has been to support and provide training and resources for the Safeguard the Children Parish Committees which are the foundation of our efforts to protect children and young people from child sexual abuse.  The Archdiocese of Los Angeles' Safeguard the Children Parish Committee Handbook has been created to help parishes and schools to fulfill this role.  Safeguard the Children Parish Committee Handbook (February 2016)


Ms. Joan Vienna, Coordinator
Office of Safeguard the Children
Archdiocese of Los Angeles
(213) 637 - 7227 phone


Brenda Melendez, Executive Secretary
Archdiocese of Los Angeles
(213) 637 7508 phone
(213) 637 - 6681 FAX



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