Safe Environment (formerly know as Protecting God's Children)

The Diocese of Springfield in Illinois is committed to educating adults to recognize, respond, and report child sexual abuse. To help fulfill our Promise to Protect, safe environment training is required for all adult employees and volunteers to be the eyes, ears, and voices to protect children in the diocese. By educating all staff and volunteers in our schools, parishes, and organizations, the diocese’s goal is to create a culture of prevention and protection.

Catholic Mutual Group’s (CMG) Safe Haven – It’s Up to You training is a three-part series (English/Spanish) that depicts grooming, vulnerable adult situations, neglect, social media, and pornography with real-life scenarios.

A teen who has turned 18 is also required to take the class to be eligible to volunteer.

The training is completed online through CMG Connect.

For instructions on completing training, click HERE.  If this is your first time completing training, you need to create a new account.  If you need additional help with log-in contact the Parish Office at 217-483-3772.  In addition to completing the on-line training, you must also complete a CANTS form and return it to the parish office.  You can find this form HERE

If you have received a request to complete a background check only, you can click the above link and log into you account.  If you need additonal help with your log-in, contact the Parish Office at 217-483-3772.

Without you and your commitment to service, our parish would falter. The Safe Environment Class is only required once but the background check is required to be renewed every 5 years.  Our parish will notify you when renewal is due.  Please respond promptly when you're notified so our church can stay in compliance and you can continue to serve.