History and Response

The Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People was established in 2002 to address the issue of sexual abuse of minors by Catholic clergy. The charter outlines procedures for dioceses to follow to ensure the safety of children and youth in the Catholic Church going forward.

The Diocese of Saint Cloud is committed to following the procedures outlined in the charter, which include promulgating a sexual misconduct policy, safe environment training, background checks of all adults working with children, youth and vulnerable adults, hiring a victim assistant coordinator, the creation of a diocesan review board and a prompt effective response to any allegations.

To read the entire document, visit: The Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People (PDF) USCCB

This is the cover of the USCCB “Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.” (CNS photo illustration/Rick Musacchio, Tennessee Register)

Reporting Abuse

Information on Reporting Abuse can be found in these brochures:

How to Report Sexual Abuse and Exploitation (English, PDF)
Como Reportar el Abuso Sexual y La Explotacion (Español, PDF)
or online at “How to Report Abuse“.


Letter from Bishop Kettler

Read the Letter from Bishop Donald Kettler (PDF) promulgating our 2020-2021 Safe Environment efforts throughout the diocese.

Site Administrators Guide

CMGConnect – Diocese of St. Cloud – Safe Environment Site Administrator Guide (PDF)


Training and Background Checks of Adults

  1. Training and Background Checks are now synced, and will be renewed together every 5 years. This is done online at https://stcloud.cmgconnect.org.
  2. New staff and volunteers should ‘Register for a New Account.’ Those who have an account need to use it. If in doubt, or if you forgot your username or password, check with your site administrator.


Training of Students

There are two options for Grades K-6:

Option One:

Grades K-3: “Into the Cloud” Netsmartz kids (Please note it is stated for Grades K-2 but, it could also be seen by Grade 3.)

Video: https://www.missingkids.org/netsmartz/videos#elementary

Teaching Modern Safety with Into the Cloud K-2 Presenter’s Notes (PDF)

Grades 4-6: “Smart Choice” lessons from the Barbara Sinatra Foundation. These will be on the diocesan website and the short video clip that goes with them.

Video: https://youtu.be/zlmTx3NFk0U

Lesson Plan Grade 4 (PDF)

Lesson Plan Grade 5 (PDF)

Lesson Plan Grade 6 (PDF)

Option Two:

Grades K-5: (6) This would be an ideal tool to use if your programming is all done at home.

Parents are given a guide and there are worksheets for the children. Excellent material. Be sure if parents are working with their children you have them sign something to say that they did the training.

(Remember parents must sign a slip if they opt out. The declination slip is below in under Resources for Safe Environment.)

Lauren’s Kids Activity Book Grades K-2 (PDF)

Lauren’s Kids Activity Book Grades 3-5 (PDF)

Lauren’s Kids Parent Pack (PDF)

Grades 7-12:



Lesson Plans Gr. 7-12 (PDF)


Resources for Safe Environment