Phone: 216-696-6525

Toll Free: 1-800-869-6525

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

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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.

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.  

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, Director
1404 East Ninth Street
Cleveland, Ohio 44114
(216) 696-6525 ext. 1157
sminson@dioceseofcleveland.org

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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Resources

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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News & Notices

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

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

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

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Contact

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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