Safe Environment Program

The crisis in the Catholic Church, which began in the Archdiocese of Boston with the revelations of sexual abuse of minors and has spread throughout the world in a widening cycle of failure and recrimination, has not left the Northwest unscathed.
Our Lady of the Lake is keenly aware of the anguish caused not just by the failure of individuals but by the systemic failure of the Church to accept responsibility and provide appropriate care for the most vulnerable. In light of this history, and the call of the Gospels, Our Lady of the Lake Parish is dedicated to reconciliation of the past and to the highest standards of protection for the future.
As a Parish, we fully adhere to the Archdiocese of Seattle's Safe Environment Program. Staff are all certified in this area.

All parishioners, parents, and volunteers who work with children and vulnerable adults are required to:

  • Complete a background check every three years
  • Read/sign the Policy for the Prevention and Response to Sexual Abuse, Code of Professional Conduct, and Reporting Suspected Abuse of Minors and Vulnerable Adults
  • Take the three hour Safe Environment Training Program
  • Receive annual updates

To Begin

  • Follow the instructions as outlined HERE.
  • Safe Environment Training Program classes are held several times a year at Our Lady of the Lake and at neighboring parishes throughout western Washington. Classes may be taken in any parish in the diocese. A list of classes that are currently available can be found HERE
  • If you have questions please contact Liz Jackman.
Training does not aim to stop the predatory individuals, but to help all of us to recognize the warning signs of abuse and to empower us to act before a child or vulnerable adult is harmed. It teaches us to take responsibility in a way that we, as Church must, if we are to heal our history and bless our future.
Please follow the link for information about Reporting Suspected Abuse or Neglect of Minors and Vulnerable Adults.
For more information consult the Archdiocesan Website.