Safe Environment Program/Compliance


 The Diocese of Tucson under the leadership of Bishop Kicanas remains committed to protecting our community against all forms of abuse and responding appropriately. The mission of the Diocese of Tucson "Safe Environment Program" is to ensure the safety of children, young people and vulnerable adults who have been entrusted to our care in our parishes, schools, religious education classes, and other programs. We pursue this mission in the following ways:

  • By thoroughly screening and supervising all members of the clergy (priests and deacons), as well as all employees and volunteers who work with children and young people and the vulnerable as part of their ministry.

  • By providing appropriate training in recognizing and reporting child/adult abuse to appropriate civil and Church authorities.

  • By holding all members of the clergy, employees and volunteers who work with children, young people and the vulnerable to Christ-centered and professional codes of conduct.

  • By following Arizona's Mandatory Reporting laws.

As part of the Safe Environment Program the Diocese makes available the following documents:

Diocesan Documents

Guidelines Sexual Misconduct Review 2015 final.pdf 279.8KB Mar 29, 2017 12:35 AM
Code of Conduct.pdf 106.8KB Mar 29, 2017 12:35 AM
Codigo de Conducta.pdf 138.4KB Mar 29, 2017 12:37 AM
Guidelines for Sexual Misconduct.pdf 136.0KB Mar 29, 2017 12:38 AM
Guide sumbro .pdf 155.7KB Mar 29, 2017 12:38 AM

Safe Environment at St Helen of the Cross

Everyone who is employed by or volunteers at St. Helen of the Cross must comply with Diocesan requirements for the Safe Environment Program.  These requirements include:

  • Completion of an Employment or Volunteer application
  • Agreement to a background investigation check
  • For positions involving the handling of funds, agreement for a credit check.
  • For positions involving driving minors or the vulnerable, agreement for a driving record check and proof of adequate car insurance

Anyone interested in volunteering at St. Helen must contact our compliance officer by calling the parish office to schedule an appointment.  No involvement in ministry can occur until after the completion of the steps listed above.