Safe Environment is an office and an objective for all Diocesan Offices across the United States. Through this objective we hope to establish and offer a “safe environment” to all children, pre-teens and teens that are at times vulnerable. So from the national level the charter was established:
The Charter for the Protection of Children and Young people is a landmark document drafted and passed unanimously by the bishops of the United States at their June meeting in Dallas in 2002. The document is a response to the sexual abuse crisis in the church and is their “Promise to Protect, Pledge to Heal.”
There are four focus areas:
- To promote healing and reconciliation with victim survivors of sexual abuse.
- To guarantee an effective response to allegations of sexual abuse of minors.
- To ensure the accountability of our procedures.
- To protect the faithful in the future.
Any and all volunteers of age 18 and over, must complete the following two requirements, if they are to, work in any capacity with minors.
- Fingerprinting: Through a form received by your custodian of records and/or safe environment coordinator, each volunteer must get their fingerprints.
- Safe Environment Training: Every volunteer is required to have at least a safe environment course through an in-person training or an online course. SE training must be completed every three years.
For more information visit the Office of Child and Youth Protection page.
- Suspected Child Abuse Report Form
- Definitions and General Instructions for Completion of Form SS 8572
- Authorization Release Form (Spanish)
- Authorization Release Form (English)
- Background Screening Procedures