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April 24, 2022
2022 Mass for Hope and Healing
St. John Catholic Center
April 16, 2023
2023 Mass for Hope and Healing
St. John Catholic Center

Safe Environment Program

USCCB Charter Compliant

Report Abuse

The Diocese of Little Rock is committed to protecting children and young people. If you are aware of abuse or have been abused by clerics, Church workers or volunteers, please click on the red button above and follow the steps listed to report the abuse. To see the list of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors, go to the Arkansas Clergy Disclosure List. This information is being published as part of the diocese’s ongoing commitment to transparency and to encourage persons sexually abused by clergy or by anyone working on behalf of the Church to come forward.

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. Training for Adults | Training for YouthPolicies Tips and Resources Contact Us Español

Safe Environment Training

Training for Adults

As of July 1, 2017, the Diocese of Little Rock uses CMG Connect, a safe environment training program developed by our risk management company, Catholic Mutual Group (CMG). The background check is run based on the information entered into CMG Connect. For the background check, please note that the information you provide online is encrypted and cannot be shared with anyone else, and no paper copies are retained.

Who Must Be Trained?

Only those persons who fall into one of two categories:

  • All employees of the diocese, a parish or a school.
  • Volunteers with routine contact with minors. This includes only those volunteers who have routine contact with minors as an essential part of their regular volunteering duties. 

How Do I Get Trained?

Go to CMG Connect, create a new account and start the "Safe Environment Curriculum — Little Rock" online training course. For more information, see Instructions for CMG Connect (PDF).

What If I Have Already Been Trained?

No one who has already done safe environment training and a background check will have to re-do anything at this time. Users who are scheduled for a five-year recertification will be notified how to do that by their parish/school safe environment coordinator. For more information, see Five-Year Renewal Instructions.

Circle of Grace Training for Youth and Children

All dioceses in the United States are required to provide safe environment training for children and youth. This is not “sex education.” Rather, it is age-appropriate information for children and youth so they can know how to help create safe environments for them, and what to do when they feel that a certain environment is not safe. For our children and youth, our diocese uses Circle of Grace, a program developed by the Archdiocese of Omaha and endorsed by Catholic Mutual Group. For more information about the Circle of Grace program, please contact your local parish or school safe environment coordinator. For more information, see the Circle of Grace brochure.

Safe Environment Policies

Right-click on a policy below to download it in PDF format. For more information about any of these policies, contact the Chancery Office at (501) 664-0340. E-mail a member of the staff through the staff directory.

Guidelines and Best Practices for Virtual Classes, Formation and Ministry with Minors

These are not required policies but rather recommended guidelines and best practices for virtual classes in Catholic schools, faith formation and youth ministry with minors. | (en español)

Policy for Investigating and Responding to Allegations of Sexual Abuse of Minors

The following is the policy outlining the diocesan response in the event of allegations of sexual abuse of minors directed against anyone acting as an agent of the Diocese of Little Rock. | (en español)

Policy Statement on Sexual Misconduct with Adults

This policy states the obligations of clergy, men and women religious and laity employed by the Diocese of Little Rock as well as the procedures when an allegation of misconduct is made. | (en español) (Vietnamese)

Registered Sex Offenders Policy For Diocesan Parishes And Schools

To comply with both the civil laws and the Church laws pertaining to the protection of minors, dioceses across the country have enacted formal policies and guidelines on restrictions and limitations to be placed on registered sex offenders. (en español)

Clergy Code of Conduct

This policy represents a model for a clergy code of conduct, specifically but not exclusively directed to all of the clergy in the Diocese of Little Rock who minister to and with young people. (en español)

Laity Code of Conduct

This policy outlines the rules and guidelines for laity as a condition of providing services to the children and youth of the Diocese of Little Rock. (en español)

Vetting Policy for Visiting Clergy, Religious and Laity

Our bishop is the chief teacher and shepherd for the Catholic Church in Arkansas. Part of that responsibility is to ensure that visitors from outside our diocese who wish to speak or serve publicly in our Catholic parishes and organizations do so in a manner consistent with Church teaching and in accordance with our safe environment policies.

Safe Environment Tips and Resources

The following resources are designed to empower adults to keep children safeFor more information, contact the Chancery Office at (501) 664-0340.

Charter for Protection of Children and Young People

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:

Calendar of Events

April 24, 2022
2022 Mass for Hope and Healing
St. John Catholic Center
April 16, 2023
2023 Mass for Hope and Healing
St. John Catholic Center