All children, young people, and vulnerable adults have the right to be safe and protected from harm in all environments. The Diocese of Syracuse embraces this right and promotes that protection by taking steps to create safe environments to prevent the sexual abuse of children, young people, and vulnerable adults. We will continue to take steps to create safe environments through continued education, building awareness, and maintaining a commitment to keeping all children, young people, and vulnerable adults safe.
In 2002, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops approved the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. The Charter includes guidelines for reconciliation, healing, accountability, and prevention of future acts of sexual abuse and is to be implemented in every diocese of the United States. Click here to read the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.
In keeping with our commitment, the diocesan Safe Environment Office has two distinct but closely related offices: the Office of Victim Assistance and the Office of Safe Environment. These offices are accountable for integrating the approved standards of the Charter with our Catholic values and teachings, canon laws, and policies.
In order to implement the goals expressed in the Charter, the Diocese of Syracuse developed the diocesan Child and Youth Protection Policy. This policy is intended to assist with preventing, educating, and responding to allegations of child sexual abuse. The policy extends to all clergy, all religious, all diocesan/parish employees, and volunteers whose ministry or role places them in regular contact with children, young people, or vulnerable adults. The Diocese of Syracuse expects that all persons and entities under its auspices will comply with this policy. Click here to read the Child and Youth Protection Policy.