Safe Environment Program

Safe Environment Program Office (Diocese of St. Petersburg) at 6363 9th Avenue North, Saint Petersburg, FL 33710 US - Home

Safe Environment Program

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The Diocese of St. Petersburg Safe Environment Program Office (SEPO) under the aegis of the Office of the Executive Director of Human Resources is responsible for the oversight, operation, maintenance, and enforcement of the Diocese of St. Petersburg Policy for the Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults in accordance with the US Conference of Catholic Bishop's (USCCB) Policy for the Protection of Children and Young People and The Essectial Norms for Diocesan/Eparchial Polices Dealing with Allegations of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Priests or Deacons.  The SEPO and its staff are dedicated to the protection of all children and vulnerable adults from abuse, especially sexual abuse.  

Anyone entrusted with the care, responsibility, and or supervision of children, youth, or vulnerable adults or who wants unsupervised access to these vulnerable populations MUST successfully complete a Level 2 FBI/Florida Department of Law Enforcement background check performed by the Diocese of St. Petersburg based on electronic fingerprinting.

In addition, one must successfully complete a three-hour Safe Environment Program (SEP) training course tailored to adults who want unsupervised access to children and youth or adults who want unsupervised access to vulnerable adults (this training is also known as Eucharistic Ministers of Holy Communion to the Homebound/Pastoral Care Providers SEP training).  

These two types of training teaches adults to watch for signs of abuse in a child or vulnerable adult, to watch for predatory behavior in an adult, and to report actual or suspected child abuse or vulnerable adult abuse to law enforcement at 911 or the Department of Children and Family's Abuse Registry Hotline at 1-800-962-2873.


(Please click here to learn how to trainer others for access to children)

(Please click here to learn how to train others for access to become Eucharistic Ministers of Holy Communion [to the sick] and Pastoral Care Providers (aka) Vulnerable Adult SEP training

Pope urges doctrinal office to act 'decisively' against sex abuse

Click here to read article in Catholic News Service Article by Carol Glatz...

Pope Appoints Two US Priests to Help Tackle Sexual Abuse of Minors

Click here to read article in Catholic New Service

Child and Youth Protection - USCCB Homepage
Click here to access the USCCB homepage for child and youth protection

Called to Accountability
Click here to read... letter from Bishop Lynch outlining the work the diocese has done and the cost of dealing with past instances of sexual misconduct with minors by both priests and lay employees.

A Letter to the People of the Diocese of St. Petersburg
Click here to read why Bishop Lynch is issuing an updated report regarding sexual misconduct by priests and others in light of stories that have come out internationally and nationally.

Credibly Accused Individuals
Click here to see a list of priests and lay people credibly accused of sexual misconduct in the
Diocese of St. Petersburg

Sexual Abuse of Children: 10 Years of Hard-Earned Knowledge
A series of articles
Click here to access articles at From the Desk of the Safe Environment Program Manager

The Fog of Scandal
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia Chid Abuse ScandalClick her to read more...


See links below to find what you need on the
Safe Environment Program webpages 


Diocese of St. Petersburg
6363 9th Ave., North
St. Petersburg, FL 33710

André Glaudé, Safe Environment Program Manager, 727-344-1611, Ext. 5377,
Executive Director of Human Resources, Joseph Loeber, 727-344-1611, Ext. 4500,
Ellen Halloran, SEP Assistant, 727-344-1611, Ext. 5303,


There have been important changes to the Diocese of St. Petersburg Policy for the Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults as well as to the Minimum Standard of Moral Conduct.  These changes affect background screening and training of employees, volunteers, clergy, and contractors/vendors.  Click on "From the Desk of the SEP Manager" for details.

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Online Safe Environment Training Recertification Now Available!

Adults whose Safe Environment Program (SEP) training (For unsupervised access to children or vulnerable adults) has expired or about to expire can now recertify online.   Initial SEP training must be face-to-face but recertification training can be accomplished online or face-to-face. The training is good for  5 years. 
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