Protection of Children

Catechist & Volunteer CMG Safe Environment Training Program

 All Catechists and Volunteers are required to complete the Safe Environment Protection of Children Training, provided for the Archdiocese of Dubuque by Catholic Mutual Group. The CMG Training site may be accessed at

Parent "Safe Haven - It's Up to You" CMG Training

The Archdiocese of Dubuque takes seriously its call to provide the safest possible environment for all of our young people. As part of that call, we provide information to parents to help them and all of us to be more informed of the issues and topics related to the abuse of children.  It is our sincere hope that by partnering together we can continually provide the safest possible environment for all our young people to grow into healthy, Christ-filled adults.

Parents are invited to view the Catholic Mutual Group (CMG) Training "Safe Haven - It's Up to You" videos. Click here Parent "Safe Haven - It's Up to You" CMG Training

The instructions and link will also be distributed electronically to families with children registered in our Faith Formation programs. 

Safe Environment Training for Children 

Under the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, all dioceses in the United States have agreed to do the following:

  1. Establish age-appropriate safe environment training for children. Key training components are to include information about quality relationships, proper forms of touch, actions to take in uncomfortable situations, and reporting possible abuse. This program is not the same as sex education.

  2. Offer the training to all children/young people.

  3. Document that the training has taken place.

While all children are to be offered the Archdiocesan safe environment training, a parent/guardian can refuse to allow their child to participate in the Archdiocesan training. The parent refusal form can be found under Parent Letter and Refusal Form.