Safe Environment

What is Safe Environment?

We have a long commitment to the protection of children, youth and vulnerable adults. For years, we've taken steps to ensure the safety of those who serve in our parishes, schools and agencies. This office was established in 2007 to ensure those safety commitments, while also offering assistance to those who are suffering in the aftermath of abuse.

Mission statement

The Office of Safe Environment assists the archbishop in coordinating child abuse prevention efforts throughout the archdiocese. We supports parishes, schools and agencies of the Archdiocese of Seattle with all Safe Environment efforts, including background checks, Safe Environment training, and development and implementation of related policies.

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Parent and guardian resources

Multi-language resources

Report abuse: 1-800-446-7762 or

Reporting suspected abuse

Protect & Heal

Our commitment to transparency around abuse in the archdiocese.

Archdiocesan Review Board

Started in 1986, the Archdiocesan Review Board operates as an independent, confidential consultative body that advises the archbishop on issues related to sexual abuse of minors by clergy and assists him in assessing allegations and fitness for ministry.

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USCCB Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People

The Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People is a comprehensive set of procedures established by the USCCB in June 2002 to address allegations of sexual abuse of minors.

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Safe Environment Program