Initiatives for Protecting Children
The Archdiocese of Washington is committed to keeping children safe and to bringing healing to those harmed. You are invited to learn more here about our child protection policy; to sign up for background checks and training if you are seeking to work or volunteer with young people in the archdiocese; and, perhaps most importantly, if you have been a victim of child sexual abuse, to contact the Office of Child and Youth Protection at 301-853-5328, so you may get the assistance you need.
- Child Protection in the Archdiocese of Washington (PDF)
- Top Safety Tips for Parents (PDF)
- Internet Safety (PDF)
- Cyber Bullying (PDF)
- Sexting (PDF)
- Healthy Teen Relationships (PDF)
- Kid's Guide to Bullying (PDF)
The archdiocese has had a written Child Protection Policy since 1986. The policy covers reporting, prevention and healing. It mandates reporting to civil authorities; education for children and adults; and background checks for clergy, employees and volunteers who work with minors. Also included is information on assistance for those harmed and what to do if there is an allegation. A Child Protection Advisory Board of predominantly lay experts advises on and monitors compliance with child protection efforts.
Volunteer and Employee Information
- Child Protection Training: Schedule and Sign-Up
- Fingerprinting: Schedule (PDF)
- Volunteer Application
Since 2003, when updated fingerprinting and education programs were put in place, nearly 40,000 adults have undergone background checks and training. Every year, approximately 40,000 youth receive safe environment education in the Archdiocese of Washington.
Reporting an Allegation
- Please contact the Office of Child and Youth Protection at 301-853-5328.
- Child Protection Advisory Board - Catholic Standard article (2010)
- Annual Child Protection Advisory Board Reports
- Case Review Board
- Statistics and Overview
- Q&A: When there is an allegation
- Archdiocese of Washington Press Releases
- Resurrection and redemption (PDF), The Washington Post, Easter 2010
- Letter to parishioners (PDF), April 5, 2010
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops:
National Child Protection Efforts