Bishop William F. Medley discusses the importance of the Office of Safe Environment.
Needed for Compliance
- Adult Background Check (Please note, NO electronic signatures are accepted on background check forms. You can fill out the form electronically, but then you must print and sign before submitting)
- Required Safe Environment Training
- Code of Conduct
- Acknowledgement of Receipt of Revised Sexual Abuse Policy and Procedures (see link below for“Revised Sexual Abuse Policy and Procedures”)
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops created the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People in June 2002, which addresses allegations of sexual abuse of minors by Catholic clergy.
This Charter led to the creation of the Office of Safe Environment at the Diocese of Owensboro. The Office of Safe Environment works for the protection of children, young people and other vulnerable individuals who have been entrusted to the care of our parishes, schools, religious education classes and other diocesan programs.
The Charter also includes guidelines for reconciliation, healing, accountability and prevention of future acts of abuse.
- Seeking healing for those who have been harmed
- Revised Sexual Abuse Policy and Procedures
- Summary of the “Revised Sexual Abuse Policy and Procedures”
- Youth Policy
- Documents/Forms for Safe Environment implementation
- Tools for Parish/School Safe Environment Contacts
The Gospels of Mark and Luke include the story where Jesus reprimands his disciples for not allowing little children to come to Him. Jesus asserts that His Father’s Kingdom belongs to little children.
Our Lord was emphasizing the openness, trust, and sheer wide-eyed wonder with which children approach life. He wanted his followers to contemplate the possibilities of God’s Kingdom for them with the same childlike wonder.
It is extremely sad, therefore, to contemplate the terrible effects that the crime of child sexual abuse has on children and young people and their families, and sadder still to consider that this has occurred within our Church.
The mission of the diocese’s “Safe Environment Program” is to insure the safety of children and young people who have been entrusted to our care in our parishes, schools, religious education classes, and other programs.
We pursue this mission in four ways:
- By thoroughly screening and supervising all Church ministers, employees and volunteers who work with children and young people as part of their ministry.
- By providing appropriate training in recognizing and reporting child abuse.
- By verifying that all Church ministers, employees and volunteers who work with children and young people are prepared to follow Christ-centered and professional codes of conduct and respond appropriately to allegations of sexual abuse.
- By providing the opportunity for every minor in Catholic schools and parish faith formation programs to participate annually in a safety training covering the topics of sexual abuse prevention and the need to tell if abuse is occurring.