Circle of Grace Safe Environment Training Program

Introduced for the 2019/2020 program year, Circle of Grace® is an alternative safe-environment program options, developed by the Archdiocese of Omaha for parishes to use for grades Kindergarten through Twelfth grade. It provides a developed pedagogy and didactic lessons aimed at educating and informing youth about the value of positive and virtuous relationships with God and others.

A Licensed Product

Circle of Grace® is a facilitated discussion and conforms to the USCCB requirement for the training of children in Catholic youth programs in the Diocese of Arlington. It is a licensed product requiring more involvement from the OPCYP in implementation.

About the program

Through Circle of Grace, adults assist children and youth to recognize that each of us lives within a Circle of Grace that holds our very essence in body, mind, heart, soul, and sexuality. Circle of Grace is not a sex education program which the Diocese of Arlington reserves to parents. Children and youth are taught to identify and maintain appropriate physical, emotional, spiritual and sexual boundaries; recognize when boundary violations are about to occur; and demonstrate how to take action when boundaries are threatened or violated. Circle of Grace provides a strong parent component in which parents can actively participate in their children's education and formation.

Sample Curriculum & Program Overview
Circle of Grace teaches:

  • God's presence and assistance in difficult and confusing situations as an essential component in its K-12 curriculum
  • A philosophy that can be used throughout the year as a concept that reinforces God's real presence in our lives, respect and skills of how to make good choices
  • The sacredness of each person and how relationships are called to be experiences of divine love
  • Beyond the “safe-touch” models by addressing the whole person thus is able to teach how boundary violations can occur through all of our senses
  • A holistic approach giving children and youth the skills to identify uncomfortable situations long before inappropriate touch occurs
  • Children and youth to identify the “trusted adults” in their lives in addition to their parents
  • Parents by informative letters, lesson handouts and education material


Every Director of Religious Education has been provided the Circle of Grace curricula which is available for parental review.