Catholic Diocese of Cleveland

1404 East 9th Street | Cleveland, Ohio 44114

Child Protection – Resources

DownloadKnowledge and Behavioral Impact of Adult Participation in Child Sexual Abuse Prevention: Evaluation of the Protecting God’s Children Program
Author: Nurse, Anne M.
Journal Title:  Journal of Child Sexual Abuse
Date:07/2017  Volume: 26   Issue: 5   Page: 608-624
Posted with permission

National Resources

The United States Conferences of Catholic Bishops: Office of Child and Youth Protection offer many resources to dioceses for implementing ‘safe environment’ programs and for the training and development of diocesan personnel responsible for child and youth protection programs.

The Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People is a comprehensive set of procedures established by the USCCB in June 2002 for addressing allegations of sexual abuse of minors by Catholic clergy. The Charter also includes guidelines for reconciliation, healing, accountability, and prevention of future acts of abuse.

To ensure that each diocese in the United States of America will have procedures in place to respond promptly to all allegations of sexual abuse of minors, the Vatican promulgated these norms (rules of Canon Law) for diocesan policies dealing with allegations of sexual abuse of minors by diocesan and religious priests or deacons. The norms also apply to Eastern eparchies.

The study undertaken by John Jay College of Criminal Justice in 2003, The Nature and Scope of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Catholic Priests and Deacons in the United States 1950-2002, sponsored by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, was initiated by the National Review Board and the Office of Child and Youth Protection. John Jay College compiled a team of interdisciplinary researchers to conduct this descriptive study, the results of which were released in February 2004 during a live telecast at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.


What is WebCheck®?

WebCheck is an Internet-based program for conducting fingerprint-based civilian background checks. This program reduces the return time of civilian background checks to as little as several hours when no criminal history record exists.

  • It was developed by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation (BCI & I)
  • It provides statewide criminal history search.
  • Internet-based System for civilian background checks.
  • It uses the Internet to electronically transfer fingerprints and other data to BCI & I.
  • Data is encrypted and password protected.
  • Results within 2 business days.
  • If there is a criminal history match, results are sent via U.S. mail.
  • No criminal history – results transmitted over the Internet.

Download – VIRTUS Procedural Manual


Pledge to Heal

In cooperation with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishop’s Office of Child and Youth Protection, the Diocese of Cleveland is seeking to find better ways to respond to allegations of sexual abuse by persons representing the Church and to identify additional ways in which abuse can be prevented.

You may also contact the diocesan victim assistance coordinator, Mr. Terry Flanagan at 216-334-2949 or the diocesan Misconduct Response Service Line at 216-334-2999 for additional information.


Pornography Resources

The United States Conferences of Catholic Bishops offer many resources regarding the pastoral response to pornography. The primary publication, Create in Me a Clean Heart: A Pastoral Response to Pornography, along with other resources related to the pastoral response can be found on the United States Conferences of Catholic Bishops Website.


Other Related Sites

Here are some other websites to visit:

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

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