As we continue to ensure a safe environment within our parishes, schools, and all other Catholic agencies and institutions throughout the Diocese of Cleveland, we find it necessary to regularly review and update those guiding policies and standards which address the safety of our young people and overall standards of conduct expected of those engaged in ministry in the eight counties of the diocese.
Therefore, after proper consultation, Bishop Lennon has approved and now promulgated, June 15, 2016, revised editions of both the Policy for the Safety of Children in Matters of Sexual Abuse and the Standards of Conduct for Ministry. Both of these revised documents are available below for download. A small number of printed copies will be mailed to parishes, school presidents and principals as well as other diocesan offices, agencies, and institutions within the weeks following. The new revised Policy for the Safety of Children in Matters of Sexual Abuse (revised 2016) and the Standards of Conduct for Ministry (revised 2016) will become effective 31 December 2016. Until that time the Policy for the Safety of Children in Matters of Sexual Abuse 2007 and the Standards of Conduct for Ministry 2005 remain in force.
Click HERE to read Bishop Lennon’s Promulgation Letter.
Click HERE for a memo from regarding the procedures for implementing the policies.
Click HERE to visit the Diocese of Cleveland’s Child Protection web site.
Policies for Download
- Policy for the Safety of Children in Matters of Sexual Abuse (Rev June 2016)
- Standards of Conduct for Ministry (Rev June 2016)
- Click HERE for the in-service videos about the revised documents.