Safe Environment: Safeguarding All of God's Family

At Holy Apostles Parish and School, the well being of our children and youth is of critical importance. To uphold this commitment, we comply with the Archdiocese of Milwaukee Safe Environment program -- Safeguarding All of God's Family. Every priest, deacon, parish or school staff member, teacher and volunteer is required to meet the three requirements of the Safe Environment program:

  1. Attend a Safe Environment Education Session. This is a child abuse and maltreatment prevention program that must be attended in person. The current curriculum taught in this session is Circle of Care by the Archdiocese of Omaha. 

  2. Pass a Criminal Background Check. This check is done at the start of employment or beginning volunteering with minors and must be done every five (5) years subsequently.  The criminal background check is conducted through the CMG Connect portal.  

  3. Sign the Code of Ethical Standards for Church Leaders. This code of conduct provides volunteers and employees with expectations and guidelines for how they interact with and conduct themselves in ministry. This code must be signed prior to beginning volunteering or working in a parish or school and is reviewed every five (5) years subsequently.  

Initial Safeguard Certification

You must complete the following five steps to become Safeguard Certified for the first time.

  1. Attend a live Safe Environment Training event 

  2. Read the Mandatory Reporting document and acknowledge

  3. Read the Code of Ethical Standards document  and acknowledge

  4. Read and complete Background Check Notification.

  5. A background check will be initiated only after we have confirmed you have attended the live Safe Environment Training event. The background check will be reviewed and you will be notified by email of your certification status.


Visit the CMG Connect website at to register and start the certification process.

If you have never logged into the system and/or need your username and/or password, please contact

Renewal Safeguard Certification

If your Safeguarding Certification is due for a renewal, which is required every give years, you must complete steps 2-5, as outlined above. It is not necessary to attend the live Safe Environment Training event again. Visit the CMG Connect website ( to begin this process.  

More Information About Safegaurding

If you have any questions regarding the Safeguarding Process, please contact

More information about Safeguarding All of God's Family program can be found at  at