Catholic Diocese of Cleveland

1404 East 9th Street | Cleveland, Ohio 44114

Child Protection – Documents and Policies

The Diocese of Cleveland has published documents and policies, such as the Policy for the Safety of Children in Matters of Sexual Abuse: Rev. 2016 and the Standards of Conduct for Ministry, for protecting God’s children.

The Policy for the Safety of Children in Matters of Sexual Abuse: Rev. 2016 utilizes the experience gained during the past several years to enhance the expression in this document of the Diocese of Cleveland’s commitment to the safety of children. It addresses the need for prevention through the education of parents and children and of those who work with minors, and through careful screening of employees and Volunteers. It provides diocesan requirements for the reporting and investigation of complaints which suggest that sexual abuse of minors may have occurred, and assures a means of outreach to those who have been abused and the communities harmed by those actions.

These Standards of Conduct for Ministry are an important tool for maintaining such professionalism in ministry. Christ’s commandment to love our neighbor is always challenging and is made more complex in the times in which we live. The dignity of each member of our Church calls us to maintain the highest levels of compassion and respect as we fulfill our Gospel mandate.

Victim Assistance Poster
Download Victim Assistance poster for posting at parishes, schools and other institutions within the Diocese.

Report Abuse

To report any past or present suspected inappropriate behavior toward children by priests, deacons, religious, lay ecclesial ministers, or personnel associated with the Church, please contact the Diocesan Response Service at: (216) 334-2999 or

Terence Flanagan
Victim Assistance Coordinator

Work Phone:  216-334-2958
Fax: 216-334-2983
Response Services:  216-334-2999
Catholic Charities Parish &  Community Ministries
7911 Detroit Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44102

Sharon M. Minson
1404 East Ninth Street
Cleveland, Ohio 44114
(216) 696-6525 ext. 1157

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