Safe Environment for Children Project Overview
The Charter for the Protection of Children and Youth requires that Diocese/eparchies establish “safe environment” programs. Article 12 of the Charter states:
“Diocese/eparchies will establish “safe environment” programs. They will cooperate with parents, civil authorities, educators, and community organizations to provide education and training for children, youth, parents, ministers, educators, and others about ways to make and maintain a safe environment for children. Dioceses/eparchies will make clear to clergy and members of the community the standards of conduct for clergy and other persons in positions of trust with regard to sexual abuse.”
In addition, Article 13 states:
“Dioceses/eparchies will evaluate the background of all diocesan/eparchial and parish personnel who have regular contact with minors. Specifically, they will utilize the resources of law enforcement and other community agencies.”
Please follow the links that will take you to the the four components of the Diocese of Oakland’s Safe Environments for Children Project (SECP).