In the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, the Catholic bishops of the United States, address their commitment to working with parents, educators, civil authorities, and various organizations in the protection of children and youth in our care.
In response to our call to accountability the Archdiocese of New Orleans provides training for children, clergy, religious, and laity (volunteers, and employees) in the prevention of and recognition of child abuse. The Safe Environment Coordinator is responsible for the training of adults who have regular contact with minors in our parishes, schools, and organizations. Adults learn the responsibilities of a mandated reporter, how to report alleged child abuse, and to recognize signs and symptoms of abuse. This training is inclusive of background screening.
Children and youth of the archdiocese are taught their identity, created in the image of God. Training teaches personal safety skills, recognition of possible abusive relationships, and the importance of identifying trusted adults in their lives.
The Safe Environment coordinator is a resource person at the disposal of parishes, schools, and organizations in the area of child abuse and the prevention of abuse. The coordinator works with all archdiocesan entities to assure compliance to the Charter.
Safe Environment Coordinator
Sr. Mary Ellen Wheelahan, O. Carm.
Archdiocese of New Orleans
7887 Walmsley Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70125
(504) 861 - 6278
Archbishop Aymond Letter of Promulgation
Calendar for Safe Environment Training
Policy Concerning Abuse or Neglect of Minors
Principles of Ethics and Integrity in Ministry
Questionnaire for Prospective Employees and Volunteers
Questions and Answers
Summary Chart for Safe Environment
TrainingPraesidium Healthy Boundaries in Peer Relationships
Archdiocesan Training Materials
Austin Computing Solutions
Parish and School Forms and Information
For The Protection Of Children And Young People
A Ten Year Progress Report, June 2012 (National Review Board)
Ten Points For Protecting Children
Louisiana Safe Environment Coordinators
Human TraffickingAnti-Trafficking Program - information from Migration and Refugee Services (MRS) on Human Trafficking
Take 25 Internet Dangers
The 10 Commandments of Internet Behavior
Office of Louisiana Attorney General
Project Safe Childhood, U.S. Department of Justice
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Darkness to Light
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
Kids Health/Internet Safety (also in Spanish)
AT&T Safety Games
Child Lures Prevention