Safe Environment for Children and Youth: Promise to Protect and Pledge to Heal

When a child becomes the victim of sexual abuse, it’s always a tragedy and a serious tragedy. But even more so when it involves the Church. It’s more tragic because that person, first of all, represents the Church and, for the young child, represents God. And so many times, we know, psychologically, the child cannot make the difference between seeing that coming from God and the Church… And we must be honest that sometimes the accusation that these cases have not been handled in a way that has been effective—in a way that has been just, must be admitted. —Archbishop Gregory Aymond

The reality of child sexual abuse is devastating for many. As described by Archbishop Gregory Aymond, the Catholic Church has not always responded in the way it should have to cases of abuse.

The Catholic Church’s proactive response in 2002 was the approval of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People (Charter). Since then, there is substantial, tangible and consistent evidence that the Church has worked diligently to be a better protector of children. Efforts include, but are not limited to the fact that each diocese throughout the country now has a safe environment program to protect children, an avenue for healing and reconciliation for survivors, a streamlined process to swiftly respond to allegations, transparency in cooperating with civil authorities and measures to discipline offenders.

In order to achieve the above, St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Diocese of Chicago has a Safe Environment Program that implements Training, Screening, Background Checks and other procedures that are designed to reduce the risk of sexual abuse of children and vulnerable adults. Every parish, school and Diocesan agency has the program and each is responsible for program implementation and continuation.

Please click on the below link to go to the Safe Environment materials.

    Safe Environment 2019: Application for Minor Volunteers Safe Environment 2019: Application for Minor Volunteers (134 KB)  [Last Updated:02-Feb-2019 02:10 PM]

    Safe Environment 2019: Background Check Instructions Safe Environment 2019: Background Check Instructions (72 KB)  [Last Updated:02-Feb-2019 02:07 PM]

    Safe Environment 2019: Code of Conduct for Visiting Priests Safe Environment 2019: Code of Conduct for Visiting Priests (7254 KB)  [Last Updated:02-Feb-2019 02:10 PM]

    Safe Environment 2019: Code of Conduct for Volunteers/Visiting/Temporary Staff Safe Environment 2019: Code of Conduct for Volunteers/Visiting/Temporary Staff (1787 KB)  [Last Updated:02-Feb-2019 02:09 PM]

    Safe Environment 2019: Complaints Notification Form Safe Environment 2019: Complaints Notification Form (78 KB)  [Last Updated:02-Feb-2019 02:11 PM]

    Safe Environment 2019: Duties of Local Administrator Safe Environment 2019: Duties of Local Administrator (274 KB)  [Last Updated:02-Feb-2019 02:12 PM]

    Safe Environment 2019: Indemnity Form Safe Environment 2019: Indemnity Form (301 KB)  [Last Updated:02-Feb-2019 02:04 PM]

    Safe Environment 2019: Pastoral Conduct Safe Environment 2019: Pastoral Conduct (263 KB)  [Last Updated:02-Feb-2019 02:08 PM]

    Safe Environment 2019: Program Guide Safe Environment 2019: Program Guide (493 KB)  [Last Updated:02-Feb-2019 02:14 PM]

    Safe Environment 2019: Touch and Safety Program Safe Environment 2019: Touch and Safety Program (773 KB)  [Last Updated:02-Feb-2019 02:06 PM]

    Safe Environment 2019: Youth Activities Guidelines Safe Environment 2019: Youth Activities Guidelines (203 KB)  [Last Updated:02-Feb-2019 02:14 PM]

    Virtus Registration Instructions (PDF) Virtus Registration Instructions (PDF) (194 KB)  [Last Updated:02-May-2016 08:09 PM]

Other Links:

  1. www.virtus.org for Safe Environment Training

  2. www.eappsdab.com for criminal background check

  3. www.stthomasdiocese.org/child-safety Safe Environment Program at St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Diocese of Chicago

  4. Promise to Protect, Pledge to Heal.

For more information please contact the Church Office or Safe Environment Coordinator via SafeEnvironment@syromalabarchurchdallas.org

SAFE Articles (PDF)

SAFE: Monitoring Programs to Keep Children Safe SAFE: Monitoring Programs to Keep Children Safe (85 KB)  [Last Updated:09-Feb-2017 11:54 AM]

SAFE: Pokémon Go and Social Networking SAFE: Pokémon Go and Social Networking (14 KB)  [Last Updated:05-Jan-2017 11:47 PM]

SAFE: Protecting God's Children: Step Four-Be Aware of Child and Youth Behavior SAFE: Protecting God's Children: Step Four-Be Aware of Child and Youth Behavior (119 KB)  [Last Updated:02-Jun-2016 07:45 PM]

SAFE: Teaching Touching Safety SAFE: Teaching Touching Safety (773 KB)  [Last Updated:07-Nov-2016 08:16 PM]

SAFE: The Importance of Mobile Device App Awareness SAFE: The Importance of Mobile Device App Awareness (220 KB)  [Last Updated:02-Feb-2019 02:25 PM]

SAFE: When Someone Thinks The Rules Do Not Apply SAFE: When Someone Thinks The Rules Do Not Apply (103 KB)  [Last Updated:02-Feb-2019 02:27 PM]