Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington
55 Joy Drive, South Burlington, VT 05403     802-658-6110
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Safe and Sacred

The online safe environment training program for adults who work with minors in the Diocese of Burlington.

It is our sacred mission to do all that we can to protect God’s children from harm and abuse. Adults who work with minors are especially involved in this mission since they are directly responsible for the children and youth entrusted to their care. 

As part of the Diocese of Burlington’s continuing commitment to protect children and young people, all adults who have direct contact with youth at our parishes and Catholic schools must complete all safe environment requirements. These requirements include: participation in annual child abuse prevention training; submission of background check paperwork; reading of the Diocesan Policies on Ethics and Integrity in Ministry; and signing of an annual Code of Conduct. All of these requirements must be completed BEFORE you begin working with minors in the Diocese of Burlington. 

Currently, the Diocese of Burlington uses an online program called Safe and Sacred to train adults in child safety. The Safe and Sacred program is designed to make training accessible and convenient for both the program user and the administrators. The Safe and Sacred program offers online courses that cover a variety of important topics related to child safety and child abuse. Each year, you will need to take a new training to ensure that you are up-to-date in your child safety curriculum. To learn more about the other courses you will take in the future, please refer to the graphic below which outlines your general safe environment requirements. 

To create an account on the Safe and Sacred website, or to complete your annual training requirement, click the “Login Portal” button. 

First-time Users to Safe and Sacred:
As a first-time user to the program, you will begin by setting up a new account on the website. 

Helpful registration tip:
  - Please be sure to list an email address that is current and checked often. All of your training certificates and future training reminders will be sent to this email. You will also receive quarterly newsletters at this email as well.  If you change your primary email address in the future, please be sure to update your profile information on Safe and Sacred. 

Once you have set up your account, you will be prompted to submit new background check paperwork either online or offline. After submitting your background check paperwork, you will be directed to complete the “Recognizing Child Abuse” course. This course will teach you how to recognize the warning signs of child abuse and neglect, and you will also learn how to report child abuse to the proper authorities. Please note that you do not need to complete the course in one sitting. You may log out at any time and your place will be saved in the course. 

You will receive a certificate once your background check is complete AND your annual coursework is finished. If either of these components are missing, you will not receive your certificate. 

If you are unable to complete the training online, and you would like to request a paper version of the course, please contact the Office of Safe Environment Programs for further assistance. For more information about Safe and Sacred, please contact your local parish, Catholic school, or staff in Office of Safe Environment Programs. 

Thank you for your willingness to serve in the Diocese of Burlington,
and thank you for your participation in fulfilling our sacred mission to protect all of God’s children.



Each program user will have their own unique training experience based on how much they work with children in their diocesan role: Some people will receive new training every year and others will take new training every five years.  Safe and Sacred will assign you a particular course track based on your role when you register on their website.  Below is visual describing how the Safe and Sacred process works:



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