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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.
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 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 U.S. Bishops' Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.
VIRTUS is the brand name that identifies 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 of Little Rock requires all adults working with youth to be trained through the VIRTUS program. To learn more, read All in Church roles need Virtus training.