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As a faith-filled people, we respect and value each and every individual, as we are created in the image and likeness of God. The Diocese of Cheyenne 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 diocesan personnel—will be able to work, live and play in an environment where healthy and responsible relationships prevail.

What We Do

The Safe Environment Office of the Diocese of Cheyenne educates clergy, employees and those volunteers who interact with minors on how to be aware of and help prevent sexual abuse and all abuses, recognize grooming behaviors and create safe environments for children and young people in our parishes, schools and community. In addition, the Safe Environment Office is responsible for tracking the screening of clergy, employees and those volunteers who interact with minors.

The Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People (Charter)

The Charter is a comprehensive set of norms established by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) in June 2002 that addresses allegations of sexual abuse of minors by Catholic clergy. The Charter also includes guidelines for reconciliation, healing, accountability and prevention of future acts of abuse. The Charter’s policies and procedures were reviewed and revised in 2011 and 2018.

The Diocese of Cheyenne has implemented a comprehensive safe environment program that includes all employees and those volunteers working with minors as well as all students in our parishes and schools.

Maintaining Compliance with the Charter

For Adults: The following requirements must be met prior to employment or volunteer service for those who interact with minors and/or vulnerable adults:

• Safe environment education
• State and national background checks, repeated at least every five years
• Acknowledge that they have received and read:

Norms for Responding to Reports of Sexual Abuse of Minors and Vulnerable Adults
Instructions Concerning Interactions with Minors and Vulnerable Adults

For Children: All children in grades K-12 in Catholic schools and religious education programs are required to receive safe environment education. This is NOT sex education. Because of the value and dignity of human life, it is important that children are taught about personal safety, awareness and boundaries.

Contact us:

Patti Loehrer
Chancellor/Safe Environment Coordinator
ploehrer@dioceseofcheyenne.org or 307-638-1530 x105

Tammy Skala
Administrator of Safe Environment Training
tskala@dioceseofcheyenne.org or 307-638-1530 x113

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