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Safe Environment Program

Report Abuse of Minors / En Español

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

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 Online

VIRTUS Quick Reference Guide

VIRTUS 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 Polices and Procedures (English)

Decree of Changes to Polices and Procedures (Spanish)

Minors Policy

Sexual Abuse of Minors

English / Agreement Form

Spanish / Agreement Form

Adults Policy

Sexual Misconduct with Adults

English / Agreement Form

Spanish / Agreement Form

Vietnamese / Agreement Form

Codes of Conduct

Clergy Code of Conduct

English / Spanish

Laity Code of Conduct

English / Spanish

Employer Form

Background Screening Form

National Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. The following resources are provided to help you protect children as well as help those who have been harmed begin to heal. It also includes prayers of the faithful, for healing and details what the Church has done to protect children in recent years. To learn more, visit the USCCB. 

Promise to Protect Poster

Key Milestones in Child Protection

Child and Youth Protection Statistics

Prayers of the Faithful

Tips for Keeping Your Family Strong

Helping Your Child Heal from Trauma

Prayer for Healing Victims of Abuse