Phone: 216-696-6525

Toll Free: 1-800-869-6525

Address: 1404 East 9th Street, Cleveland, OH 44114

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Offices Parish Life Child Protection

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Child Protection

The Office for Protection of Children & Youth provides resources, training and information on providing a safe environment for children.

Read Bishop Perez's letter to the faithful concerning an update to information regarding efforts to protect children. (June 21, 2019)

The USCCB has launched a new website highlighting the importance of prevention, protection and accountability in response to the ongoing effort to eradicate clergy sexual abuse. Click HERE to visit the new website.

The Catholic Diocese of Cleveland is committed to providing a safe environment within our parishes, schools and all other Catholic agencies and institutions.

A Letter from Bishop Perez on the Protection of Children (English | Spanish)

A Statement from Bishop Perez in response to the release of the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report on abuse (English | Spanish)

For more information, please read our Frequently Asked Questions (English | Spanish)

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 Catholic 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 email.  

Kathleen McComb, Victim Assistance Coordinator
Response Services: (216) 334-2999
1404 East 9th Street
Cleveland, OH 44114

The Long Journey Home

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Diocesan Virtus Compliance

Annually the diocese undergoes an audit to evaluate our compliance with the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.

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Child protection resources provide a wide variety of information on policies, training, education, compliance and other related matters for the protection of children.

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Clergy List

The Catholic Diocese of Cleveland posts notices and related articles in an ongoing effort to communicate developments pertinent to the protection of children.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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VIRTUS is a nationally recognized program to train those who minister, work and volunteer on how to identify signs of sexual abuse in children.

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Praesidium's Called to Protect series presents abuse prevention information to parents, children, youth and young adults.

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The Diocese of Cleveland is dedicated to serving the mission of the Church. We welcome all questions via phone or email inquiry. Please do not use the form to report suspected inappropriate behavior, please contact our Terry Flanagan, Victim Assistance Coordinator.

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