EDIT MAIN
Plus_blue

safe Environment

St. Joseph School is deeply committed to ensuring the safety, security and well-being of its students, faculty and staff, as well as alumni, parents and guests who participate in the many activities that we sponsor. The school does not tolerate discrimination, sexual abuse, sexual activity, hazing or bullying, whether perpetrated by adults or students.

Training for Adults

As of July 1, 2017, the Diocese of Little Rock uses CMG Connect, a safe environment training program developed by our risk management company, Catholic Mutual Group (CMG). The background check is run based on the information entered into CMG Connect. For the background check, please note that the information you provide online is encrypted and cannot be shared with anyone else, and no paper copies are retained.

Who Must Be Trained?
Only those persons who fall into one of two categories:

  • All employees of the diocese, a parish or a school.
  • Volunteers with routine contact with minors. This includes only those volunteers who have routine contact with minors as an essential part of their regular volunteering duties.

How Do I Get Trained?
Go to CMG Connect, create a new account and start the "Safe Environment Curriculum — Little Rock" online training course. For more information, see Instructions for CMG Connect (PDF).

What If I Have Already Been Trained?
No one who has already done safe environment training and a background check will have to re-do anything at this time. Users who are scheduled for a five-year recertification will be notified how to do that by their parish/school safe environment coordinator. For more information, see Five-Year Renewal Instructions.

Circle of Grace Training for Youth and Children

All dioceses in the United States are required to provide safe environment training for children and youth. This is not “sex education.” Rather, it is age-appropriate information for children and youth so they can know how to help create safe environments for them, and what to do when they feel that a certain environment is not safe. For our children and youth, our diocese uses Circle of Grace, a program developed by the Archdiocese of Omaha and endorsed by Catholic Mutual Group. For more information about the Circle of Grace program, please contact your local parish or school safe environment coordinator. For more information, see the Circle of Grace brochure.

Reporting Abuse

The Diocese of Little Rock is committed to protecting children and young people. If you are aware of abuse or have been abused by clerics, Church workers or volunteers, please call the State of Arkansas Hotline for Crimes Against Children at 800.482.5964. Then after reporting it to the state, please email Deacon Matthew Glover, Chancellor for Canonical Affairs, or call him at 501.664.0340, ext. 361. Then for victim assistance, e-mail Laura Gottsponer, LCSW, Victim Assistance Coordinator, or call her at 501.664.0340, ext. 425.

Report by Mail

If you prefer to report abuse to the diocese by mail, please send a letter to Laura Gottsponer, LCSW, Victim Assistance Coordinator. Or address your letter to Deacon Matthew Glover, Chancellor for Canonical Affairs. See addresses below.

Laura Gottsponer, LCSW
Victim Assistance Coordinator
Diocese of Little Rock
P.O. Box 7565
Little Rock, AR 72217-7565

Deacon Matthew Glover
Chancellor for Canonical Affairs
Diocese of Little Rock
P.O. Box 7565
Little Rock, AR 72217-7565

Victim Assistance

For pastoral assistance, please email or call the victim assistance coordinator, Laura Gottsponer, LCSW, at 501.664.0340, ext. 425. For more information, visit the Diocese of Little Rock Safe Environment Program or the U.S. Bishops' Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.