Safe Environment Policies
The policies of the Archdiocese on sexual misconduct and child protection are mandatory for to every institution of the Archdiocese. These policies are designed to assist the institutions of the Archdiocese in administering the program, and to provide uniformity and stability in the way the program is being implemented.
The Archdiocesan Policy on Sexual Misconduct has been fully revised. It can be downloaded here.
A summary of this policy can be found here. The policy summary is also available in Spanish aquí.
The policies of the Safe Environment Office can be downloaded here.
Frequently Asked Questions about these policies can be found here.
The policy on how to report child sexual abuse can be found here, and in Spanish here.
We have fully updated policies on remote or virtual activities.
Summary of Policies
All clergy (archdiocesan, religious and international), members of religious communities, and lay persons (employees and volunteers) who are active in any Archdiocesan institution and who whose position or duties involve contact with minors must comply with the Safe Environment Requirements:
- Complete the Screening Process (including submitting to a background check with clear results);
- Abide by the Safe Environment Policies, the Policy on Sexual Misconduct, and the Code of Conduct; and
- Complete the Safe Environment Training appropriate to their position.
The Screening Process — including a background check conducted by the Safe Environment Office — must be completed before a person starts work. The appropriate training must be completed within 45 days of commencing their duties. If a program is scheduled to last for less than 45 days (e.g., vacation bible schools, summer camps, etc.), all new personnel must complete both Safe Environment requirements before the program begins. All background checks are renewed periodically, and a clear result is required for continued work.
If any person fails to satisfy the Safe Environment requirements, they may not come into contact with minors in any program or activity of the Archdiocese or any of its parishes or institutions until they complete the Safe Environment requirements.