All children have the right to be safe and protected from harm in all environments - home, school, religious institutions, neighborhoods and communities. The Diocese of Syracuse embraces this right to safety and promotes the protection of children, young people, and vulnerable adults. We will continue to take steps to create a safe environment and to prevent the sexual abuse of children, young people, and vulnerable adults. The Diocese of Syracuse expects that all persons and entities under its auspices will comply with this policy.
In keeping with our commitment, the diocesan Safe Environment Office has two distinct but closely related offices: the Office of Victim Assistance and the Safe Environment Office . These offices are accountable for integrating the approved standards of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People (USCCB 2002) with our Catholic values and teachings, canon laws, and policies.
Click here to read the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.
The first annual Safe Environment Week in the Diocese of Syracuse will take place this November - stay tuned for exciting details as we prepare to celebrate the good work we have done and the progress we have made.