Catholic Diocese of Cleveland

1404 East 9th Street | Cleveland, Ohio 44114

Child Protection – Personnel and Procedures

Personnel and Procedures

The Policy for the Safety of Children in Matters of Sexual Abuse: Revised 2016, reiterated the Diocesan Policy that a Review Board of lay persons with a variety of backgrounds is appointed by the Bishop to serve in a consultative and advisory capacity. That Board advised the Bishop as to all aspects of sexual abuse of minors.

In the Diocese of Cleveland, a response team handles all aspects involved in dealing with anyone who has been affected personally by the sex abuse crisis. The team works together to make sure all who are in need of assistance are cared for both individually and on a parish and educational level.

If you have any questions or concerns about the Safe Environment Initiative, please contact Sharon Minson, Director for the Office for the Protection of Children and Youth, at or at (216) 696-6525 ext. 1157.

Report Abuse

All sexual abuse of minors should first be reported immediately to local law enforcement in the county where the abuse is alleged to have occurred. Reports of abuse by a member of the clergy or an employee of the Diocese of Cleveland should also be made to the diocese’s victim assistance coordinator, who can be reached by telephone at 216-334-2999 or by email at  

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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