Safe Environment Training Programs

As directed by the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, training opportunities for adults, youth, and children in creating and maintaining a safe environment in our programs, parishes, and catholic schools are listed below. 

For Children and Young People 

Circle of Grace is a safe environment program developed by the Archdiocese of Omaha in response to Article 12 of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. It serves the dual purpose of educating and forming youth about the value of positive relationships with God and others.  This curriculum includes information on teaching children how to be safe, protect themselves, and communicate any potential danger of physical, emotional, psychological or sexual abuse.        

Parents are welcome to review the curricula by calling their parish office to obtain a copy for their child's grade level.

For Adults

CMG Connect in an online training program for Adult Volunteers, Clergy and Employees.  Completing the safe environment program is easy and can be done in the comfort of your own home through CMG Connect.  Please note there are three lessons and three quizzes. You must complete all three with a passing score  to receive a training certificate.  If you do not have internet access or need assistance, please schedule a time with your Local Coordinator to complete your training. To begin visit 


Spiritual Message of Good-Touch/Bad-Touch®


“Good-Touch/Bad-Touch® offers protection of the physical body; and most importantly, it offers protection of and sometimes healing of the spirit of the child.  This program works extremely well in the religious setting.  Good-Touch/Bad-Touch® contains a spiritual message, educating children of their standing as an individual and how precious and special they are in the world.  In a religious environment, we can focus on the children as precious children of God and on the belief that any violation of their body, mind or spirit is against the laws of God. Children also learn to distinguish between the loving, caring touches that we all need from the people in our lives and the touches that can cause harm to both body and spirit.” -Catholic Charities, Diocese of Pueblo

~ Children need skills to understand and respond when personal boundaries are crossed~


  • Approximately 1 out of 3 girls and 1 out of 5 boys will be sexually assaulted before the age of 18.

  • 27% of victims are 0-5 years old; 35% are 6-11 years old; 38% are 12-17 years old.

  • Sexual abuse occurs regardless of geographic area, race, religion or socio-economic class.

  • In 90% of cases of sexual abuse, the offenders are known to the child.

  • Children are 3 times more likely to be groomed/tricked into abuse than to be molested by a stranger.

  • Offenders who abuse children usually have many, many victims.

  • Children are sexually abusing other children at an alarming rate.

  • The social and emotional effects of this problem are devastating, and can include mental illness, violence and delinquent behavior, learning problems, teen pregnancy, substance abuse and other social problems.


Good-Touch/Bad-Touch® is a body safety education curriculum for Pre-K through 8th grade children that provide abuse and violence prevention education with a gentle and nurturing approach.  Good-Touch/Bad-Touch® is based on the principle that ALL children are special and unique, and matter in this world.  All children deserve to know how they can help themselves stay safe!    This program was developed in 1983 (currently 11th edition) and is researched as effective by the University of Georgia. 

Colorado trainings provided by Certified Prevention Trainers:

Ida Rhodes: Coordinator for the Family Education and Empowerment Program of Catholic Charities, Diocese of Pueblo.  Ken Rhodes: Corporal, Pueblo Police Department. 

For More Information contact:
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Pueblo, Inc. at
719-586-8609 email:

Good-Touch/Bad-Touch® Body Safety Education Curriculum Information for Parents

What is Body Safety?

Just as we protect our children by teaching them safety rules about playing with fire, crossing the street or talking with strangers, we must also teach them safety education about the sad, but very real, problem of child sexual abuse.

National statistics reveal that 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 5 boys are sexually abused prior to the age of 18.

Sexual abuse is confusing! It can happen with or without touch, and usually by someone the child knows.  Children may be unprepared if a more powerful person – even another child – tricks or forces them into inappropriate and often scary behavior.  Education is prevention!

What is Good-Touch/Bad-Touch®?

The curriculum provides children with a comfortable and non-threatening way to talk about the sensitive and complex problems of child abuse, sexual abuse and bullying.  Good-Touch/Bad-Touch® is age-appropriate and is presented over 3 sessions by specially trained and certified instructors.  It is supplemented with visual aids and videos. 

 Children in preK through 8th Grade are taught protective skills and information so they can participate in their own personal body safety.  They learn what abuse is and are empowered to act if they are threatened or victimized.  Children learn abuse is NEVER the child’s fault!

Good-Touch/Bad-Touch® is not sex education.  It is violence prevention!

 How does it work?

Good-Touch/Bad-Touch® is based on the belief that ALL children are special, important and have the right to be safe from anything or anyone who crosses personal boundaries and may cause them harm.  The curriculum teaches children to distinguish between touches that feel good, touches that hurt, and touches which are sexually abusive – forced or tricked touch of private body parts (defined in the curriculum as parts of our body that are covered by a swimming suit). 

Good-Touch/Bad-Touch® focuses on sexual abuse prevention.  However, beginning in the 2nd grade, the curriculum addresses bullying.  Beginning in 5th grade, the curriculum addresses sexual harassment, physical abuse, emotional abuse and neglect.  Internet safety and Stranger Danger rules are also included in this comprehensive curriculum for children.

Children learn the 5 Body Safety Rules!

  1. It’s MY Body!  I have the right to know ALL the safety rules.
  2. The Uh-OhIf I feel like something’s wrong, then I’m right.  Sometimes, I need to ASK QUESTIONS.
  3. I have the right to SAY NO! and GET AWAY!
  4. I can tell and tell, until someone BELIEVES ME.
  5. It is NEVER my fault.

If you have any questions about Good-Touch/Bad-Touch®, please call Colorado Trainer Ida Rhodes 719-586-8609 or email at