Safe Environment

In the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, the Catholic bishops of the United States, address their commitment to working with children and youth, 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 (employees and volunteers) in the prevention of and recognitions of child abuse.

The Safe Environment Coordinator is a resource person for the Archdiocese 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

Archbishop Aymond Letter of Promulgation

Policies of the Archdiocese of New Orleans:

Adult Employees and Volunteers having on-going, unsupervised contact with minors, or attending an overnight event with minors, must complete the Safe Environment training, background check, and Austin Computing Solutions form prior to working with minors. Safe Environment training and background check must be repeated every three years.

IF you are NOT on Austin Computing, you can attend any workshop on the calendar - make sure you sign up for your parish or school when you arrive at the training session.

You can attend any class listed on the calendar. IF you are already on Austin Computing, you can pre-register.

Please check the calendar of training prior to attending a training, if there is a cancellation it will be noted on the calendar.

Austin Computing Instructions for Applicants:

  • Check with your parish/school before registering on Austin Computing.
  • All sections of the form must be completed in order for a background check to be run through the parish/school.
  • Austin Computing Log-in:

Administrator Report Form – on Austin Computing Solutions (Reports Menu), signed copy sent to
Record of Classes Taught 2014-2015
Questions and Answers
Summary Chart for Safe Environment
Parent Refusal Form 2014 - 2015

Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services toll-free number
855-4LA-KIDS (855-452-5437)
for anyone in the state to call and report child abuse or neglect.

One number, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to speak to a trained child welfare worker to report possible abuse and neglect.

Prevent Child Abuse Louisiana
Louisiana Mandated Reporter Form
Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services

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