How is a safe enviornment established?

“Child and Youth Protection”–USCCB

“Safe environment programs are more than “risk management,” focusing on the actions to reduce the risk of abuse, to reduce further damage to our children and our Church. They involve modeling Christ, creating for children the kind of loving relationships that Christ teaches about in His gospel message. Every protective message to children, from noting their unique and special creation, their dignity as a person, and true meaning of love in relationships furthers the Gospel message of Christ.”

 “Child and Youth Protection”–USCCB

“Dioceses will establish safe environment’ programs. They will cooperate with parents, civil authorities, educators and community organizations to provide education and training for children, youth, parents, ministers, educators and others about ways to make and maintain a safe environment for children. Dioceses will make clear to clergy and members of the community the standards of conduct for clergy and other persons in positions of trust with regard to sexual abuse.”

Safe environment programmes include:

Safe Recruitment of all personnel #

“To Protect the Faithful in the Future”–USCCB

“Dioceses are to evaluate the background of all incardinated and non-incardinated priests and deacons who are engaged in ecclesiastical ministry in the diocese and of all diocesan and parish/school or other paid personnel and volunteers.”* *Volunteers are defined as those individuals who have regular contact with children and young people.

Codes of Conduct #

“Committed leaderships, Governance and Culture”–ACSL

“A Code of Conduct provides guidelines for personnel on expected behavioural standards and responsibilities.”

Safe environment training #

“Committed to Safety, Healing, Reconciliation and Accountability”–Diocese of Pheonix

“The mission of Safe Environment Training is to prevent sexual, physical or emotional abuse and/or neglect of children and young people through continued education, building awareness, and maintaining a commitment to keeping all children and young people safe.”

Safe environment education #

  • For children and adolescents – Age appropriate
  • For parents, guardians

“Promise to Protect”–Archdiocese of St Paul and Minneapolis

“The mission of the Office for the Protection of Children and Youth (OPCY) of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis is to work with our community to help prevent the abuse of children, youth and vulnerable adults. We partner with parents, parish and Catholic school leaders and others to provide safe environments through raising awareness about the societal problem of sexual abuse, offering effective personal safety education and enforcing screening requirements.”

Safe and secure Facilities #

“Creating and Maintaining Safe Church Environments”–BCOS

“1.1.1 The provision of safe environments is an essential requirement for all Church activities that involve
children and vulnerable groups.
1.1.2 Where premises are owned, leased or occupied by the Catholic Church and used by parish groups
working with vulnerable groups, the group leader must take responsibility for agreeing the use of
Church premises with the Parish Priest or with the person appointed by him.
1.1.3 Where a non-parish-based group uses Church premises for activities involving vulnerable groups on a
regular basis, the group leader must produce written evidence that the group observes an appropriate
Safeguarding policy in their organisation. This must be presented to the person responsible for
managing the Church premises, prior to the group using the premises.
1.1.4 The Safeguarding policy of any such group must include proper recruitment procedures for leaders and
helpers, confirming that references and PVGs have been obtained. Continued use of the premises
should be subject to this condition. A written agreement12 must be used with such groups, detailing that
they have Safeguarding measures in place and indicating their agreement to adhere to these measures.
1.1.5 If any group wishing to use the premises on a regular basis does not have its own Safeguarding
procedures, they must be required to follow those of the Diocese. “

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