Safe Environment Office

2023 Safety Coordinator Shout – Out‘s

Each month we will give a shout-out to a safety coordinator at a parish or school who is well deserving. During the month of January, we are recognizing and honoring Michele Goscha-Laumann.

Michele Goscha-Laumann is an active member of St. Mary’s Parish in Smith Center. She started teaching CCD in 2014, and is currently DRE, Catechist, and Safety Coordinator. Michele has many responsibilities at the parish where she demonstrates her gifts of being very organized, efficient, dependable, professional, and most importantly, communicating our mission,  promise to protect, pledge to heal

Michele and her husband Kevin have been married for 9 years and have 2 sons, Christian (8) and Elliot (6). She enjoys working in her parish, trying new projects, programs, and activities; hoping to grow the faith of everyone she reaches.

We greatly appreciate Michele’s work as Safety Coordinator and all she does at St. Mary’s Parish-Smith Center.

“All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle.” ~St. Francis of Assisi


Please click compliance letter below to read the letter addressed to Bishop Vincke from StoneBridge Business Partners regarding the most recent audit findings from our on-site audit conducted September 2021.


The Catholic Diocese of Salina is committed to maintaining safe environments for children to learn, pray and grow. The Safe Environment Office is responsible for implementing and overseeing the full diocesan response to the USCCB’s Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People (click below to read). To ensure the safety of children and young people entrusted in our care, we provide educational training programs (through CMGConnect on-line platform), conduct presentations, and provide resource materials to personnel ministering to minors in our schools and parishes in relation to the directives of the Charter. Along with the training, with the assistance of the Human Resources Department, the office helps to oversee background screenings of these trained adults.

USCCB’s Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People

The Victim Assistance Coordinator (VAC) manages the Catholic Diocese of Salina’s response to a victim/survivors of sexual abuse by serving as a contact and support for them, offering information regarding therapy, counseling and opportunities for outreach toward healing and restoration for the individual and their family. The VAC may also make recommendations to the bishop regarding any special needs of the affected parishes or community.

The Safe Environment Office supports our parishes and schools, maintains the compliance of our Dioceses and is an excellent resource for parents, educators, volunteers and community members.


As a community of faith, we believe that the prevention of child sexual abuse begins with each person. Increased awareness and a willingness to take action are steps for every person to take to eradicate abuse in our society, in the community, in the neighborhood, and in the family.

In the Catholic Diocese of Salina, we ensure this by:

  • Thoroughly screening and training all clergy, employees, educators and volunteers, with regard to contact with minors. This group includes drivers who transport minors, coaches, kitchen workers, and playground supervisors, just to name a few. The training is done through CMGConnect our on-line training platform through Catholic Mutual which includes an integrated background check through
  • Providing appropriate training in recognizing and reporting child sexual abuse to appropriate civil and church authorities. This training is done through meetings and presentations and is also discussed during on-site audit visits with parish and school Safety Coordinators, Pastors and Principals. Child Abuse training materials are presented through various handouts, flyers, posters and are distributed to parishes and schools via our website, newsletter, and the SDNB.
  • Holding all members of the clergy, employees and volunteers who work with minors to Christ centered and professional policies and codes of conduct. Read the Diocese of Salina Policy and Code of Conduct below.
Diocese of Salina Policy , Code of Conduct, Social Media
  • Providing safe environment training for STUDENTS in catholic schools and parish religious education programs. In these yearly refreshers, teachers will instruct ways to make and maintain a safe environment for children and young people. These age appropriate lessons may include information and instruction about: God’s love, relationships, personal space, boundaries, respect and care; safe and unsafe touches; lures, internet safety, bullying, as well as how to get help from a trusted adult. This training is for students in grades K-12.
  • For more information regarding the Safe Environment Program for the Catholic Diocese of Salina please contact Wendy Backes 785-827-8746 #24