Safeguard the Children

The Safeguard the Children program was initiated in all dioceses in the United States at the direction of United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).  In 2002 Cardinal Roger Mahoney mandated the formation of a Safeguard the Children Parish Committee in all parishes and schools in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles to fulfill the objectives of the USCCB “Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People” and implement the Archdiocesan safe environment programs, policies and procedures.


The Safeguard the Children Parish Committee plays a crucial role in promoting a safe environment for children and youth in our parish, school, home and community, and preventing child sexual abuse.The Pastor appoints members of the Committee, and they include our School Principal, Parish Office Manager, Facilities Manager, Parish Secretary, RCIA/Teen Confirmation Coordinator, Religious Education Director, Pastoral Council and Finance Council members, school parent‑leader in Girl Scouts, school parent in law enforcement, and a pediatric nurse.  The responsibilities and practices of the Committee include:

  • Monitor: Archdiocese Policies & Procedures
  • Educate: Safe Environment Programs & Resources
  • Evaluate: Parish/School Site Safety
  • Review: Parish/School Policies, Programs & Events
  • Assist: USCCB Safe Environment Pre-Audit & Audit Process
  • Celebrate: Child Abuse Prevention Month(April)
  • Develop: Mission Statement and a Three Year Plan for Committee

Below is a list of links and attachments with more information regarding the Program.

USCCB Charter for Protection of Children and Young People

USCCB Child and Youth Protection

Protecting Our Children

Working Together to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse 2016 Brochure

Making a Report of Misconduct

Education & Training

Guidelines for Adults Interacting with Minors at Parish or Parish School Activities of Events

Respecting the Boundaries - Keeping Ministerial Relationships Health and Holy

Practice Advice for Parents on Preventing Child Sexual Abuse

Our Reporting Process

Reporting Child Abuse

Education and Training

Victims Assistance Ministry

Fingerprinting and V.P.I.N.

Megan’s Law and Archdiocese “Zero Tolerance Policy”

Reports, Audit Summaries and Statements



Chairperson:  Anna Hernandez
Vice Chairperson:  DaleAnn Torbey (Parish Secretary)

Diane Gehner (School Principal), Mirna Delgado, Alicia Vazquez (Office Manager), Martha Sanchez, Ruben Semerena, Julia Caringal, Irene Tjakrawinata, Cathy Julianto, Javier Ibara, Jesusita Serrano  and Lourdes Morales



Anna Hernandez