Safe Environment - Protecting God's Children

Safe Environment - Protecting God's Children


The Office for the Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults (OPCVA) is committed to fostering healthy relationship by means of educating, training, and screening all adults who have regular access to children, youth and vulnerable adults within our Diocese of San Jose for the purpose of preventing harm.

Safe Environment Training Requirements

Safe Environment Training (English)Youth Protection Course: Protecting God’s Children (PGC)
Homebound Ministry Course: PGC & Vulnerable Adults
VIRTUS Training Link: 
– First-Time User Registration: Registration Link
– Youth Protection Registration Instructions: Instructions
– Homebound Ministry Registration Instructions: Instructions

Entrenamiento de Ambiente Seguro (Español)
Curso de Protección Juvenil: Protegiendo a los Ninos de Dios (PGC)
Curso de Ministerio a domicilio: PGC & Adultos Vulnerables
Vínculo de entrenamiento VIRTUS:
– Registro de Usuario por Primera vez: Enlace de Registro
– Instrucciones de Registro de Protección Juvenil: Instrucciones
– Instrucciones de Registro en el Ministerio Domiciliario: Instrucciones

Diocese of San Jose’s Victim Assistance Coordinator 
Griselda Cervantez – Phone 408-983-0225 | Email


24-hour Crisis Hotline Phone Numbers 

  • Suicide & Crisis Hotline = 1-(855)-278-4204 (a live counselor always answers) 
  • EMQ Families First = (408) 379-3796 or (408) 379-9085 or (877) 412-7474.
  • Community Solutions = (408) 683-4118
  • YWCA Silicon Valley = (408) 287-3000 or (650) 493-7273 or 1-(800) 572-2782

USCCB Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People

Safety Tips for Parents


How To Report Suspected Abuse

If you suspect abuse in your parish, school or in the Diocese of San Jose, please contact: Child Protective Services (408-299-2071), Call 911 (Emergency) or 311 (non emergency) or Office for the Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults: Anthony D. Gonzalez, Director OPCVA at 408.983.0100 or email

Support for Victims  
For Volunteers (Ethical Reporters)
Adult Code of Conduct  
Youth Code of Conduct
Resources for Potential Abusers


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