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Protecting Our Children

The Archdiocese of Cincinnati requires any adult working with children to:
1) undergo a criminal back- ground check ( and
2) complete an online training course (SafeParish™) aimed at educating adults about signs of possible sex abuse.
SafeParish™ training and a background check must be completed before any volunteering can take place that involves a child.

All priests, deacons, other ministers, employees and volunteers who may have contact with children, young people and individuals at risk as part of their duties are required to complete the SafeParish™ edition of Protecting Children from Sexual Abuse. This innovative on-demand child safety training program for the prevention of child sexual abuse incorporates video, interactive elements, testing, and reporting functions. SafeParish™ educates adults who work with or around children on the vigilance and steps necessary to protect children from child sexual abuse. Trainees learn how to be safe adults—vigilant, educated people who protect children and young people by building a culture of safety.

In addition to completing the training, employees and volunteers must stay current in completing their interactive video-based SafeParish™ quarterly bulletins on Child Protection in order to remain in compliance with the requirements of the Decree on Child Protection. Non-compliance will result in SafeParish™ account non-approval and non-compliant employees and volunteers will no longer be permitted to work with youth or vulnerable adults until compliance is reestablished.

There is no charge for SafeParish™, and Guardian Angels can provide you a Token (code) to cover the cost of your background check through To obtain that information, contact Bradley Barnes at (513)624-3148 or email him at [email protected].

For more information on the Archdiocese of Cincinnati's efforts to protect our children, click here.
To help ensure accountability, the archdiocese provides access to two third-party reporting systems, described below, that allow anonymity and confidentiality for the person making a report. You can find additional information and links to report here.
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) also provides resources on preventing and reporting child abuse. Click here for more information.