Safe Environment

Safe Environment Coordinator

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
Policy Concerning Abuse or Neglect of Minors
Política sobre Abuso o Negligencia de Menores
Principles of Ethics and Integrity in Ministry
Principios de Ética e Integridad en el Ministerio
Questionnaire for Prospective Employees and Volunteers
Questions and Answers
Summary Chart for Safe Environment


Praesidium, Inc.

Praesidium Ministry Summary
Praesidium Parent Summary
Praesidium Training Grades K - 5
Praesidium Training Grades 7 - 12

Praesidium Healthy Boundaries in Peer Relationships
Praesidium Healty Boundaries in Dating Relationships
Praesidium Healthy Boundaries in Electronic Communications

Archdiocesan Training Materials

Archbishop Aymond Message to the Young Church
'Shelby Has A Secret', Safe Environment Review
PreK Safe Environment
Grade 6 Safe Environment

Background Screening

Background Screening Policy

Austin Computing Solutions

Austin Computing Instructions for Applicants
Volunteer and Employee Login Page

Parish and School Forms and Information

Parent Refusal Form 2013 - 2014
Record of Classes Taught 2013 - 2014


Charter For The Protection Of Children And Young People
A Ten Year Progress Report, June 2012 (National Review Board)
Ten Points For Protecting Children
Rosary Guide
USCCB Resources
Louisiana Safe Environment Coordinators


Prevent Child Abuse Louisiana
Central Toll Free Reporting Number for Louisiana (855-452-5437)
What Is Abuse and Neglect?
Mandated Reporting Form


Anti-Bullying Policy
Less bullying & fear at school: Fresh federal data Stop
American Psychological Association
National Crime Prevention Council
Bridging Refugee Youth & Children's Services

Human Trafficking

Anti-Trafficking Program - information from Migration and Refugee Services (MRS) on Human Trafficking
Letter to Dioceses - from MRS containing information on the intersection of child abuse and human trafficking
MRS Brochure - on human trafficking
Carmelite NGO

Other Resources

How Brains are Built: The Core Story of Brain Development
Parental Controls Product Guide
Take 25 Internet Dangers
Sexting Prevention
The 10 Commandments of Internet Behavior
Office of Louisiana Attorney General
Connect Safely
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)
Wired Kids
AT&T Safety Games
Child Lures Prevention