Safe Environment – Protecting God’s Children
Safe Environment is a broad topic that covers many areas. The Bishops’ Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People focuses on preventing child sexual abuse. Toward that end, the Catholic Church has implemented safeguards to ensure that those adults who work with minors have been carefully screened and trained, and are supervised as they interact with our children.
The Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People is a comprehensive set of procedures established by the USCCB in June 2002 for addressing allegations of sexual abuse of minors by Catholic clergy. The Charter also includes guidelines for reconciliation, healing, accountability, and prevention of future acts of abuse.