Safe and Sacred

Link to Safe and Sacred Training

What is Safe and Sacred?

The following material was provided by the Archdiocese of Indianapolis

On August 1, 2013, the Archdiocese of Indianapolis implemented a new program for the care and protection of our children. The new training program entitled, “Safe and Sacred”, replaces the Virtus program.

Purpose of New Program

We have chosen the Safe and Sacred program for several reasons. It provides easier access to child protection training for clergy, employees, and volunteers. It allows us to broaden the focus of the training to increase awareness of all forms of child abuse. Safe and Sacred includes an assessment that must be taken and passed to ensure that training content is learned and can be applied. We believe these are important new features for this program.

Below is more information about this new Safe and Sacred training program:

Availability 24/7 English and Spanish access online, paper copies available upon request.
Deadline for Completion Before first day of work (new employee)
Time Required for Training 45 Minutes
Focus of Content All forms of abuse (physical, emotional, sexual), neglect
Training methodology 2-3 minute videos, informational slides, personal stories
Assessment of understanding Yes
Online Bulletins Quarterly
Additional Training Programs Internet safety, vulnerable adults, bullying, professional boundaries
Customer Service Hotline Yes


All new clergy, employees, and volunteers who have contact with children are required to complete the training prior to the first day of ministry, work, or volunteer service.


The Safe and Sacred link takes you to the home page where you will register by providing your email address and choosing a password. You will then be able to view the website and complete the training.

  • Safe and Sacred training
    Note:  This program is designed to increase one’s awareness of and recognition of the signs of child physical abuse, child sexual abuse, child emotional abuse, and child neglect. It also provides information on reporting procedures and requirements.
  • Background Check
    This is required to screen sex offenders from participating in ministries with children.
  • Code of Conduct Form
    This form describes the conduct required of all people working with children, both employees and volunteers.
  • Please note that all three aspects of this program must be completed! Access to all three are provided on the Safe and Sacred

Who is Required to Sign Up for this Program?

Teachers, staff, and all volunteers who minister to or work with minor children must meet all the requirements of this program. This includes driving for field trips and assisting with classroom activities.