Safeguard the Children

"Committed to creating a safe environment for all children of our parish community."


About Safeguard the Children

Safeguard the Children is our parish program, under the direction of our Safeguard the Children Committee, that focuses on keeping our children safe at all times.  The ministry consists of parish staff, parishioners, school staff and clergy all dedicated to promoting and ensuring the protection of all children and youth. By working closely with the Archdiocese of Los Angeles the committee ensures that all adults who have regular contact with children and youth are vetted and approved for their roles and trained in maintaining a safe environment within our parish. Our St. Bede Committee Chairperson is Shana Hanna, 310-804-5183.

In line with the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People issued by the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops, all parish employees and adult volunteers having regular, ongoing interaction with minors are required to:

  • attend a VIRTUS© seminar (“Protecting God’s Children”)
  • be fingerprinted within the Archdiocese of Los Angeles agency
  • and have a background check.

The USCCB Charter also directs all dioceses and parishes to implement safe environment programs known as Teaching Touching Safety (or "Good Touch, Bad Touch" for younger children) to be presented to all children and youth enrolled in a parish religious education program or school.

For more information about the Archdiocese of Los Angeles' Protecting Our Children Program please visit this link.  This page provides access to many articles and materials and contacts, please explore the site, the available materials and contact any of the appropriate individuals for more information or as needed.  

Working Together Brochure 2018

The Los Angeles Archdiocese has produced an informative brochure entitled “Working Together” that provides resources on how to prevent abuse and provides information on reporting child abuse.

Further information about these efforts is made available to families at the beginning of each year. 


All adults working or interacting with minors must be VIRTUS certified. Once you have attended the 3-hour certification class, you can then keep up on your certification by reading and responding to the monthly bulletins, or by attending a Re-Certification class every 4 years. 

VIRTUS Protecting God's Children Program
Virtus Online 

Upcoming Virtus Sessions at St. Bede

  • Virtus Certification - Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - 6pm-9pm

Click here to register for a session. 


All adults working or interacting with minors must also be fingerprinted within the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. 

ADLA Fingerprinting Page
Fingerprinting PDF (to take to a local agency)

Upcoming Fingerprinting Sessions at St. Bede

  • There are currently no upcoming sessions scheduled.



Additional Links
Promise to Protect Pledge to Heal (Bishop's Charter to the People of God)
Information Regarding Reporting a Suspected Child Abuse Incident
Reporting a Suspected Child Abuse Incident Form





Contact Info

Andre Nicdao, Director of Confirmation and Youth Ministry

(818) 949-4325

Youth Ministry Home Page
Junior High Youth Ministry
High School Youth Ministry
For Parents
High School Confirmation
Teen Leads
Adult Leads
Safeguard the Children
Young Adult Ministry
Vacation Bible Camp
Parent Education
St. Bede School


"Committed to creating a safe environment for all children of our parish community."



Important Contacts:

Ms. Joan Vienna
Office of Safeguard the Children
Archdiocese of Los Angeles
Safeguard the Children Coordinator

Heather T. Banis, Ph.D.
Victims Assistance Coordinator
Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Shana Hanna, LCSW
St. Bede Safeguard the Children Committee Chair

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