Policy for the Protection of Children

A Policy for the Protection of Children exists in the Diocese of Erie to better provide for the welfare of children who are served by the various parishes, schools, institutions, agencies, departments and programs of the diocese. Required steps are established to prevent child abuse and to respond in those instances when child abuse is discovered or reasonably suspected.

The main safeguards required by this policy are the screening of personnel: the training of personnel with regards to safe environment practices and awareness of signs of child abuse; and the reporting of child abuse in compliance with the Child Protective Services Law of the Commonwealth of PA, Act 34, Act 151 and Act 114. All of these safeguards are intended to assist Personnel in their responsibility to provide children with the greatest care. The Diocese of Erie is committed to the applications of these safeguards, including compliance with state regulations.

Visit the website http://www.eriercd.org/protectyouth.htm to view this entire policy.


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