Ensuring the safety of young people and providing compassionate care for survivors. These are the principles that guide the child protection programs for the Catholic (arch)dioceses serving Maryland.
The Archdiocese of Baltimore, Archdiocese of Washington, and Diocese of Wilmington have written policies that follow national standards and meet or exceed state requirements; professional staff focused on child safety; review boards of expert advisors; and annual compliance audits.
PREVENTION AND HEALING
- Background checks, training and mandated reporting for clergy, teachers, employees, volunteers and seminarians
- Background checks, psychological evaluations and multi-year formation for applicants to priesthood
- Safe environment education for children and adults
Outreach and Support for Survivors
- Support, such as payment for counseling for survivors and family members; an apology, and outreach that includes pastoral care, retreats and other resources
- Financial support for survivors
- Written policies covering bishops, clergy, lay people
- Zero tolerance for abuse
- Immediate reporting to and cooperation with civil authorities
- Permanent removal from ministry of credibly accused – even if there is no criminal prosecution
- Names published of credibly accused clergy
- Independent Review Boards of child protection experts
- Annual independent compliance audits plus parish/school compliance audits
If you suspect child abuse, please report it to the authorities immediately and, if in a Catholic setting,
also notify the (arch)diocese below.
Diocese of Wilmington Office of Safe Environment