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The goal of the Safeguarding All of God's Family program is to protect our children and all in the church family from sexual abuse and related dangers.

What is Safeguarding All of God’s Family?

All efforts and programs in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee that relate to protecting God’s children and creating a safe environment come under the umbrella of Safeguarding All of God’s Family.

As a faith-filled people, we respect and value each and every individual, as we are created in the image and likeness of God. This is why the  Safeguarding All of God’s Family program has been established. The Archdiocese of Milwaukee is committed to creating a safe environment where all of God’s family – children, their parents and relatives, parish and school personnel, volunteers, clergy and archdiocesan central office personnel − will be able to work, live, and play in an environment where healthy and responsible relationships prevail.

Who must participate?

All those who share their many talents and treasures within the Church atmosphere, paying particular attention to those whose ministry calls them to demonstrate their gifts through work with children and youth.

The following must join the Archdiocese of Milwaukee’s mission to Safeguard All of God’s Family:

  • All diocesan priests and deacons (active or retired) in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.
  • All priests who are members of religious communities and extern priests (priests from other dioceses) who minister within the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.
  • Women religious and religious brothers working in the Archdiocese, its parishes or schools.
  • Seminarians and those enrolled in the Diaconate Formation Program or Lay Formation Program.
  • All paid personnel, whether employed in areas of ministry or other kinds of services provided by the Archdiocese, its parishes, schools or other agencies.
  • All volunteers who enter into ministry involving regular contact with children and young people.
Safe Environment - Promise to Protect, Pledge to Heal


The Archdiocese of Milwaukee is committed to helping victims/survivors of sexual abuse and to protecting children. Visit this link for more information or this link to register for an upcoming Safe Environment Education session.

Important notice for people attending Safe Environment Education Sessions

All participants must arrive on time and stay for the entire session. Latecomers will not be admitted and those who leave early will not receive credit for attendance.

Safe Environment Education sessions are not appropriate for those under the age of 18 and still in High School. Please do not bring your underage children unless the location specifies that child care is provided.


What does the Safeguarding Program say about Social Media?

Archdiocese of Milwaukee Practices and Guidelines for use of Social Networking.

The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) (updated link from in Archdiocesan Guidelines) gives parents control over what information websites can collect from their kids. The COPPA Rule — with newer provisions in effect on July 1, 2013 — puts additional protections in place and streamlines other procedures that companies covered by the rule need to follow.  If someone runs a website designed for kids or a website geared to a general audience but collects information from someone they know is under 13, they must comply with COPPA’s requirements.


How to Protect your Children from Online Predators - Cyvberwise

Online safety, YouTube, What Are Kids (Really) Doing Online? - Do you want to know what kids are really doing online? Then you need to watch this video. Then you need to check out this website: CyberWise

Safe Web Surfing: Top Tips for Kids and Teens Online - Would you ever walk into a giant arena full of strangers and make it rain postcards with your phone number and home address? No? Then what are you doing publishing those details online, where anyone in the WORLD can access them? - WatchWellCast

Wild About Safety with Timon and Pumbaa: Safety Smart® Online - Disney Educational Productions

EDU in 90: Online Safety with Be Internet Awesome - Google for Education

5 Tips to Keep Your Child Safe On The Internet - Hampton Primary School

Online safety: Staying safe online - Discovery Education UK

Click here to download the Pastoral Guidelines for use of technology resources in English. - Diocese of Orange

Click here to download the Pastoral Guidelines for use of technology resources in Spanish. - Diocese of Orange



Websites Dedicated To Child Safety - USCCB

Prevent Child Abuse America

Children's Bureau of the US Department of Health and Human Services

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

Pinwheels for Prevention

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