Youth Protection

 Page Last Updated 1/13/2021

Report Child Abuse

Every allegation of child abuse must be reported to Child Protection Services, an agency of the Indiana state government. 

Call toll-free:  (800) 800-5556

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Parents & Parishioners (Non-Volunteers)

Parents of students, parishioners, and members of the public (who are not employees/volunteers of the parish working with youth) are still welcome to attend our Safe Environment training sessions at no cost. Safe Environment training is offered by video conference every third Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm Eastern.  If you cannot attend on Tuesday evenings and need to find a different time for training or you want more information about safe environment training please feel free to contact our Youth Protection Coordinator, Joseph H. Munning IV at [email protected] or 812-482-3076 ex 304.  If you are a volunteer or staff member see below for details about training pertaining to you. 

New Volunteers & Staff

All volunteers and staff members who work with youth at Holy Family must undergo a background check with Selection.com at no cost to the volunteer.  Contact Holy Family Youth Protection Coordinator, Joseph H Munning IV at [email protected] or 812-482-3076 ex 304 to set up your background check and take the mandatory safe environment training.  First time training must be done in person. 

Returning Volunteers & Staff

Volunteers and staff members who work with youth must complete refresher training annually.  This can be done in-person or by video conference.  Refresher Safe Environment training is offered by video conference every third Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm Eastern. Training is available to anyone who registers to participate.  Registration is free.  If you cannot attend on Tuesday evenings and need to schedule a different time for training or you want more information about safe environment training please feel free to contact our Youth Protection Coordinator, Joseph H. Munning IV at [email protected] or 812-482-3076 ex 304.   

Every year, volunteers who work with youth at Holy Family must update their Best Practices Form, which is kept on file by the Youth Protection Coordinator. You can fill out the Best Practices Form by checking the boxes below.

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When you complete the online Best Practices Form below, it will show a small green statement when it has been submitted correctly. 

It will have a small red statement if something needs to be changed on the form. 

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Best Practices for Pastoral Conduct (Online Form--submitted forms are emailed to the Parish Youth Protection Coordinator)

As children are the most important gifts God has entrusted to us, the Diocese of Evansville is committed to safeguarding minors,which are persons under eighteen (18) years of age. As a condition of their providing services to the minors of our diocese, bishops, priests, deacons, candidates for ordination, pastoral ministers, administrators, staff, and volunteers that work with minors in any capacity shall agree to the following:

The safeguarding of minors against sexual abuse also includes safeguarding vulnerable persons and safeguarding against child pornography:
1) A vulnerable person is any person in a state of infirmity, physical or mental deficiency, or deprivation of personal liberty which, in fact, even occasionally limits their ability to understand or to want or otherwise resist the offense.
2) Child pornography, which is any representation of a minor, regardless of the means used, involved in explicit sexual activities, whether real or simulated, and any representation of sexual organs of minors for primarily sexual purposes.

I will immediately report the suspected sexual abuse of a minor by diocesan personnel to the Department of Child Services or to a local law enforcement agency.

I will report misconduct if a bishop has:
(a) performed sexual acts with a minor or a vulnerable person;
(b) forced someone to perform or to submit to sexual acts through violence, threat, or abuse of authority;
(c) produced, exhibited, possessed, or distributed child pornography, including by electronic means, or recruited or induced a minor or vulnerable person to participate in pornographic exhibitions; or
(d) executed actions or omissions intended to interfere with or avoid a civil or Church (canonical) investigation into allegations of sexual abuse committed by a cleric or religious:

after reporting to DCS or to a local law enforcement agency, I will inform the Catholic Bishop Abuse Reporting service (www.reportbishopabuse.org or 1-800-276-1562), which is a third-party reporting service for gathering and relaying such reports to the appropriate Church authorities.

 
 

 

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