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National Catholic Quality Unit Award for BSA Units


Safe Environment for Children & Background Checks - Diocese of Charleston

All employees of the Catholic Church in the Diocese of Charleston and all volunteers who have regular contact with anyone under the age of 18 must complete safe environment training for adults and undergo a background check before beginning employment or volunteer service. In these and other ways, we are dedicated to preserving a safe and healthy environment for all of the children and young people entrusted to our care.


The Diocese of Charleston provides several resources to help every parish and affiliated organization be a safe environment for children, and at the same time, the Diocese also provides the means to report an allegation of abuse and to request assistance for a victim.


For more information, please visit the website of the Diocese's Office of Child and Youth Protection.

Prior to 2017, the Diocese of Charleston used the Virtus: Protecting God’s Children program. Beginning 1 January 2017, the diocese transitioned to a new online program, Safe Haven – It’s Up to You, offered by Catholic Mutual Group. All new employees and volunteers as well as those who need to be retrained must complete the Safe Haven course.

If you are interested in volunteering or need to receive Safe Haven training or complete a background check, please use the forms below.


Safe Haven Training Instructions Flyer

Safe Haven Online Training

Background Screening Packet

Diocese of Charleston Policy on Child and Youth Protection

Code of Conduct & Acknowledgment of Receipt Form


this page last updated 9 August 2022

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