The policy for Safe Environments and the Protection of Children, Youth and Vulnerable Adults acknowledges the need to provide safe pastoral environments and protect those most vulnerable in our parish communities.
It establishes best practices not only to protect those to whom we minister, especially children, youth and vulnerable adults, but also to ensure the integrity, safety and reputation of those who minister, namely, clergy, religious, staff and church volunteers, and the ministries they provide.
Together, we can better promote wholeness, accountability, trust and care within the Church by fulfilling our spiritual, ethical, moral, and legal responsibilities.
→ What is abuse?
→ Glossary and Further Reading
Screening and Training
→ For Volunteers and Parishes
→ For Clergy and Consecrated Persons
→ For Lay Employees and the Eparchy
Reporting and Responding to Abuse
→ Report Abuse
→ What happens when abuse is reported?
→ Care and Healing
But let all who take refuge in you rejoice;
let them ever sing for joy.
Spread your protection over them,
so that those who love your name may exult in you.
For you bless the righteous, O Lord;
you cover them with favor as with a shield.
(Psalm 5:11-12 NRSVCE)