Safe Environment Program

The SEP Annual Education & Training Meeting will be online this year due to the pandemic.  Access the webpage at this link: (passcode- tucson) and register. View the video.  Be sure to sign the affirmation pledge to the Code of Conduct then copy and email to your Safe Environment Rep at [email protected]

Call the office for an appointment see the Sacred Heart Parish Safe Environment Program required video if you cannot go online yourself.

The Safe Environment Program Representative: PATRICIA JAMES, volunteer.  Office Hours: Mon-Wed 11:00am-3:00pm and by appointment.  Also available on Sundays in the Library.  
All new ministers fill out an application on the diocesan web page at and submit fingerprints for a background check   All ministers serving in the parish are expected to promise  to abide by the Code of Conduct and the Guidelines for the Prevention of and Response to Sexual Misconduct and attend an educational meeting once a year.  The annual ALL MINISTERS EDUCATIONAL MEETING usually takes place in January.  Our response is based on the Arizona Mandatory Reporting Law of abuse of a minor. ARS 13-3620.


 To Prevent                                                         

 New Volunteers are given a reference check, a criminal background check and fingerprinted. The check is renewable every 5 years. Ongoing education/formation is renewed yearly usually in January.   

  To Recognize

To be observant & aware of the warning signs of abuse.  Physical or emotional stress may lead to aggression or withdrawal in an abused child. Elders in our community may be exploited or abused as well. Be informed and compassionate about  this problem.     

 To Respond

Ministers will respond to any misconduct by calling 911 to report observed or suspected assault or abuse.  Follow up by making a report to the pastor or the Safe Environment Rep.    

Our words, actions and demeanor reflect dignity, respect and love of Christ for all.