Safeguard the Children

The goal of Archdiocese of Los Angeles Office of Safeguard the Children has been to support and provide training and resources for the Safeguard the Children Parish Committees which are the foundation of our efforts to protect children and young people from child sexual abuse.

LA Catholics Education and Training

VIRTUS Website


  • PROTECTING GOD'S CHILDREN SESSION - A Child Abuse Awareness program required by the Archdiocese. Anyone 18 or over volunteering in liturgical ministry, working/volunteering at the parish school or in religious education at any level needs to attend a session.  Reservations are necessary, no one under 18 may be present (even babies). For questions please email [email protected]
  • KEEPING THE PROMISE ALIVE SESSION (Recertification only) - This session is the recertification for the Protecting God’s Children course.  If your training will expire soon, but is not more than 30 days expired, you are eligible to renew with the KPA session. For questions please email [email protected]


  • VIRTUS Sessions Follow the link and select Los Angeles - Santa Barbara Region for classes in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties. CLICK HERE
  • Fingerprinting Schedule & Locations Follow the link for updated monthly schedules offering dates, hours, and addresses of fingerprinting locations in all five pastoral regions in our archdiocese.  Phone numbers are included with each site to schedule an appointment for fingerprinting. No walk-ins are allowed. Appointments are required. CLICK HERE