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Policies and Procedures for the Protection of Children

A Pocket Guide to the Policies and Procedures for the Protection of Children

For the full document, please see the pdfs below. 

Dear Friends in Christ,

The Archdiocese of Boston continues to be committed to the protection of children and the
prevention of their abuse in all its forms. I want to thank the Office of Child Advocacy, Implementation and Oversight, the Office pf Pastoral Support and Outreach, the Implementation and Oversight Advisory Committee, the Review Board and, especially, the thousands of lay volunteers in parish ministry as well as the Child Abuse Prevention teams who have worked so hard at helping to create safer environments for children in our parishes, schools and institutions.

In June 2003, the Most Reverend Richard G. Lennon, then Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese, promulgated Policies and Procedures for the Protection of Children, to take effect on July 1, 2003. Pastors, administrators, principals and directors of every parish, school and institution of the Archdiocese received a copy. A subsequent mailing was sent to all Child Abuse Prevention Teams in the parishes and in parish clusters.

To ensure social awareness of these Policies and to disseminate reporting procedures for suspected or actual child abuse and neglect to both civil and church authorities, the Archdiocese has produced this abbreviated form as a pocket guide. This pamphlet contains pertinent excerpts from the Policies (July, 2003) and provides a convenient overview of the offices and personnel involved in implementation. The full text of the Policies and Procedures for the Protection of Children is available by selecting the pdfs below under Additional Information. Like any instrument of social change, the Policies and Procedures undergo periodic review toward improvement. Any questions or comments about the Policies should be directed to the Office of Child Advocacy, Implementation and Oversight.

Betrayal of trust and abuse of power have caused enormous pain to children, their families, parish communities, and priests who have remained faithful to the mission and mandate of the Church. The Archdiocese’s active participation in efforts to heal this wound out in the open, away from secrecy, will help restore the integrity of the Church. Implementation of these Policies engages both the clergy and the laity, and both employees and volunteers, in a concerted effort to protect the children within the community of faith. It is our prayer that the effort and mobilization of people and resources in the Church in Boston and throughout the United States will redound to an improvement in all institutions and areas of society in dealing with the endemic problem of child abuse.

Devotedly yours in Christ,

Sean Patrick O’Malley, OFM.Cap.
Archbishop of Boston

 
 

Additional Info

 
 

Policies and Procedures for the Protection of Children - Full Document:

Policies and Procedures for the Protection of Children - Full Document:

Policies and Procedures for the Protection of Children - Full Document:

Policies and Procedures for the Protection of Children - Full Document:

Policies and Procedures for the Protection of Children - Full Document: