Office of Safe Environments

Contact staff for this Ministry

The Office of Safe Environments oversees the Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults. Recognizing that each individual is created by God, the Diocese of Palm Beach is committed
to the safety and well-being of its children and vulnerable adults and implements procedures to minimize risk and barriers and to build and foster a culture of safe environment.  The diocese does not tolerate abuse or neglect of anyone.  It will comply with all obligations of civil and canon law; it will promote healing where it is needed, provide education, training and guidance when it is appropriate, and endeavor to prevent any abuse of minors or vulnerable adults with firm justice and mercy towards all.

New Information & Resources

Know what to do if you see a child with autism wandering. View this brief video - Stop Seek Stay - so you can help the child to a safe environment. The NetSmartz safety program introduces KidSmartz, a child safety program kids grades K to 5



United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Charter

Read the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People

Child and Youth Protection (click here to view informational video)


Province of Florida 

Province of Florida Policy and Procedural Guidelines Relating to Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults


Diocese of Palm Beach

Creating and Maintaining a Safe Environment for Children and Vulnerable Adults in the Diocese of Palm Beach


Code of Pastoral Conduct for the Diocese of Palm Beach (in English)
Código de Conducta Pastoral para el Personal de la Iglesia de la Diócesis de Palm Beach (en Espanol) 


Reporting Abuse 

Ms. Theresa Fretterd, Victims Assistance Coordinator


Reporting Procedures for Allegations of Sexual Abuse of Minors and Vulnerable Adults (in English)

Informes procedimientos para las denuncias de abuso sexual de menores y adultos vulnerables (en Espanol)

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