Safe Environment

Knights of Columbus Safe Environment Training 

All Knights are invited to take the free and voluntary Safe Environment Program (SEP) training provided by the Supreme Council, but under the Faith in Action program, certain state and council officers/chairmen are required to take safe environment training and may also be required to provide authorization for a background check. Some positions also have access to Praesidium’s ARMATUS administration dashboard to view member compliance within their council or jurisdiction.


Praesidium, the order’s safe environment partner, will send emails to the program directors and chairs who are required to complete safe environment training and to provide authorization for a background check. Look for the emails from Praesidium in your inbox or spam folder. These will provide assigned username and password to complete the required training and the link necessary to provide background check authorization. The Knights of Columbus covers all costs associated with these requirements.

Praesidium’s emails are unique to each recipient and cannot be forwarded or used by another director or chair. The time-sensitive notifications require the recipient to complete training and background check authorization within 30 days of receipt or they are subject to removal from those positions.

Why Safe Environment Education?

The Knights of Columbus Safe Environment Program safeguards children and other vulnerable persons, assures members and their families that we maintain a safe environment, protects members from awkward situations, misunderstandings, and appearances of impropriety, builds trust with arch/dioceses and parishes, and protects the good name of the Knights of Columbus.

For awareness and educational purposes, anyone can take the online training.

Overview of “Grooming” behavior of sexual predators

Internationally recognized as a leading expert in the field of prevention of child abuse, Dr. Monica Applewhite provides an informative overview of the sophisticated “grooming techniques” used by sexual predators to deceive victims, their families, and their communities.

Supreme Council Training:


For awareness and educational purposes, everyone is encouraged to take the online training.

Anyone suspecting abuse should:

  1. Report suspected abuse to law enforcement
  2. Notify the Dallas Diocese of the suspected abuse 1-800-252-5400
  4. Notify the Knights of Columbus of the suspected abuse:
    1-844-KOFC-SAFE (1-844-563-2723)


KofC Office of Youth Protection

Phone: 203-752-4558
FAX: 855-845-3502