Safe Environments Overview

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For questions or concerns relating to Safe Environments, Background Checks, VIRTUS Awareness Training, Resources for Victims of Abuse or Mandated Reporting, please contact

Erin Neil
(203) 416-1406
(203) 650-3265

To schedule a VIRTUS facilitator to come onsite to conduct a live training at your school or parish

Bernadette Griffin, Safe Environment Program Assistant
Office (203) 416-1650
Cell (475) 988-5366

Welcome    Contact    Safe Environment Training (VIRTUS Registration & Re-Certification)    Dallas Charter

Q & A    Essential Norms    2015 Safe Environments Handbook    Report an Incident    Background Checks   

Mandated Reporting    Updates    List of Accused Clerics    Continuing Education Opportunities   

Continuing Education Opportunities


Please complete the D.C.F. online training (Approximately 40 minutes).

Please provide a copy of your certificate to your immediate supervisor as proof of completion.


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This is an opportunity to learn more about the Children’s Safe Environment Training, Think First and Stay Safe and the Netsmartz workshop which takes place in the Catholic Schools throughout Fairfield County.

Join other parents in the Diocese of Bridgeport in discussing topics including, but not limited to:
  • child safety
  • sexual abuse prevention
  • internet dangers
  • school yard and cyber bullying
  • abduction prevention
  • latest popular Apps that are a high risk to children
Three upcoming opportunities:

Thursday January 12th, 2017
5:00 P.M.-6:00 P.M. Elementary School Curriculum K-8
6:15 P.M.-7:15 P.M. High School Curriculum 9-12

Thursday August 10th, 2017
5:00 P.M.-6:00 P.M. Elementary School Curriculum K-8
6:15 P.M. -7:15 P.M. High School Curriculum 9-12

Thursday September 28th, 2017
5:00 P.M.-6:00 P.M. Elementary School Curriculum K-8
6:15 P.M. -7:15 P.M. High School Curriculum 9-12

Location: THE CATHOLIC CENTER (Room L14)
238 Jewett Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06606

Your Facilitator will be Bernadette Griffen, Safe Environment Program Assistant
Pre-registration is required to ensure that you are notified in the event of any changes or cancellations.
Please email or call no later than 24-hours prior to the date of the training.

Office: (203) 416-1650 • Cell Phone: (475) 988-5366 • email:


ONLINE SAFETY TRAINING FOR PARENTS (18 minutes) | View the flyer

One of the greatest threats to children’s safety is found online – pornography, sexting and other dangerous practices are found everywhere, from computers to mobile phones. The majority of children and teenagers spend over 70% of their time attached to a screen or electronic device. These numbers are staggering and it leaves young people at increased risk for behavioral issues as they get older. Early exposure to pornography, violent video games, and social media overload can shape attitude, values, sexual inhibitions, as well as violent tendencies.

We encourage you to visit the new CMG Connect: Parents website, which has resources and a free video A Safe Haven Starts at Home. The purpose of CMG Connect: Parents is to help educate parents, teachers and other adults in risk factors and unhealthy internet usage. We hope that through this free platform, parents and other caring adults can learn dangerous behaviors to watch for, set realistic computer/internet usage time, and establish open communication with their children or other young people.

To utilize these valuable resources, please create a free account at:, watch the 18 minute video, and take the short quiz.