The Office of Safe Environment oversees the implementation of the diocesan program, “A Safe Environment for the Protection of Children and Young People.” The Office provides education resources for children, clergy, religious, and laity (employees and volunteers) in the prevention of and recognition of child abuse. This Office is also responsible for processing criminal history checks on all clergy, religious, and laity who have contact with minors.
The Diocese of Lafayette is committed to insuring a safe environment for all children against sexual abuse. All clergy, lay employees, and volunteers, whose work/ministry involves contact with children, shall undergo a criminal background check. Also, there shall be documentation of reference checks for all new employees and ALL volunteers. All clergy, lay employees, and volunteers, whose work/ministry involves contact with children, shall undergo initial education/training in the diocesan safe environment program.
All adults are welcomed to come for additional education at those times. Please note that there is a $7.00 fee to cover the cost of the background check associated with this program. Please bring cash or check. Debit/credit cards cannot be accepted.
In addition, please click here to view other initial trainings being held in the Diocese.
In addition, each calendar year, they will be required to renew their certification online at virtus.org.
Social Media Code of Conduct
The Diocese of Lafayette requires that all volunteers and employees comply with the following Social Media Code of Conduct.
Please remember that according to the Diocesan Social Media Policy a Photo Release Form must be completed by the parent or guardian of any minor before posting a picture or video online.