Safeguard the Children

Safeguard the Children


 The safety of our children is the number one priority of the Church.  The State of California and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles have adopted rules and policies in an effort to enhance the safety of all children and youth.  The Safeguard the Children Program provides ongoing support, education, training and resources to help prevent child sexual abuse and to address children's safety in our parishes, schools, homes and communities.

 

All clergy, paid parish/school personnel and volunteers who work regularly in a supervisory role with children or youth must be fingerprinted.  Information on fingerprinting schedule and locations is published monthly and is available at the Parish Office.

 

The Victims Assistance Ministry provides victims/survivors of sexual abuse assistance with reporting sexual misconduct, and helps obtain support for the needs of the individual and families.  Significant policies are in effect concerning persons who are registered sex offenders.  If you are being abused, have been abused, or know someone who is being abused, you can call Victims Assistance Ministry at (800) 355-2545.

 

Each week, the Parish Bulletin features an article titled “DID YOU KNOW?” in English and Spanish.  These articles provide information regarding safety of children in all aspects of life.  Take the time to read and learn from these important articles.  Our children and their safety depend on it!