Protecting God’s Children is everyone’s responsibility.
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Resources are posted on this site and updated regularly in order to maintain a safe and healthy atmosphere. Read on to learn more about the ways in which we extend God’s love and care to everyone.

 

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Child and Youth Protection

If you have been abused or victimized by someone representing the Catholic Church …

Please believe in the possibility for hope and help and healing. We encourage you to come forward and speak out. Every diocese in the United States now has a Victim Assistance Coordinator who is available to obtain support for your needs, to help make a formal complaint of abuse to the diocese, and to arrange a personal meeting with the bishop or his representative if you desire.

Learn what the Diocese of Erie and Disciples Life is doing to protect our children and encourage happy, healthy families in our community.

Child Protection

The main safeguards required by the Policy for the Protection of Children are:

  • the screening of employees and volunteers
  • the training of employees, volunteers, parents and youth with regard to safe-environment practices and awareness of signs of child abuse
  • the reporting of suspected child abuse in compliance with the Child Protective Services Law of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

These safeguards are intended to assist employees and volunteers in their responsibility to provide children with the greatest care. The Diocese of Erie is committed to the application of these safeguards, including full compliance with state regulations.

All employees and volunteers commit themselves to following the Code of Conduct that can be found in the Policy.

Annual safe environment training:

All parishes and schools are mandated by the Bishops of the United States to provide Safe Environment Training to all youth and parents annually. All youth in the Religious Education Program will receive this training sometime during the catechetical year.  If you do not want your child/children to participate in the safe environment training, please contact the Religious Education office in writing.

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Reporting abuse: 

Any person may make a report of child abuse if they suspect a child is being or was abused.

Reporting procedures for Mandated reporters employed or volunteering in any parish, school, agency or institution in the Diocese of Erie

Report past abuse

WE ALL HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF CHILDREN IN OUR PARISHES, SCHOOLS, FAMILIES & LOCAL COMMUNITIES.  USCCB Promise to Protect