Safe Environment

Safe Environment Sessions During
Current Coronavirus Precautions and Safeguards

In placing the safety of our faithful and community first and in keeping with state, county and local guidelines for safety and social distancing, the Office of Safe Environment is offering remotely facilitated adult safe environment awareness sessions (Protecting God’s Children For Adults). 

To participate in a Protecting God's Children Awareness Session, you will need a VIRTUS profile.  You can create a profile by clicking the “I NEED A VIRTUS PROFILE” button below and click “Start Registration.”

Once you’ve created a Virtus profile, you must register for a session in order to receive the emailed session instructions.

If you already have a Virtus profile and wish to participate in a remote session, you must register for the session by clicking the “I HAVE A VIRTUS PROFILE” button below or logging onto VIRTUS @ https://www.virtusonline.org/virtus/index.cfm, click the Training tab, click Live Training (left side of the screen) and click Pre-register for an upcoming live training ... The remote session location is listed as “Z_Other.”

An invitation and instructions with how to participate in the remote facilitation will be emailed to the address you provide in the VIRTUS profile.

The invitation will include a link to the Protecting God’s Children Awareness Session.  You may participate in the session using a computer, tablet or phone with an internet connection. Participants may download the Zoom app, but it is not necessary.


Creating a safe environment for children and young people is a diocesan priority.  We are dedicated to ensuring a culture of safe and respectful conduct in ALL ministries and enhancing and protecting the dignity and trust of all God’s people.

We hold all Church Clergy, Religious, and Lay Ministers to Christ-centered conduct.

Appropriate training is how everyone will best be able to recognize, respond, and report abuse, neglect, and /or sexual misconduct of all ages.

As a result of this priority, every employee and volunteer must:

  • Complete a Volunteer Ministry Application
  • Have a criminal background check
  • Complete Adult Safe Environment Training (18+ adults only) or Teen Safe Environment Training Session (13-17 teens only)
REGISTRATION (Adult and Teen)

Click here to view the available training dates.

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To listen to your needs and support you, a local Victim Assistance Coordinator is available to help you or anyone who has been abused or victimized by someone representing the Catholic Church. We will help you make a formal complaint and arrange a personal meeting with the bishop, or his delegate, if desired. We encourage you to come forward and speak out. 

The Victim Assistance Coordinator may be contacted at:  (817) 602-5119

For more information about safeguarding children and young people, please contact the Office of Safe Environment at (817) 945-9334 or (817) 945-9341  www.fwdioc.org/safe-environment