The Catholic Church is absolutely committed to the safety of children. Together we can make a Promise to Protect, and a Pledge to Heal.

All cases of alleged, known or suspected ministry related sexual abuse of a minor must be reported to the proper civil authority. Any person having actual knowledge of, or reasonable cause to suspect an incident of ministry related sexual abuse by any church personnel of the Diocese of Charlotte is to immediately report the incident to the Chancery, unless to do so would violate the Sacrament of Penance. The Chancery will then report the incident to the proper civil authority. (more…)

Victim Assistance Coordinator

As a part of its commitment to support the “Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People”, the Diocese of Charlotte has appointed a coordinator to assist survivors of sexual abuse.

The Victim Assistance Coordinator can help survivors of abuse, whether the incident took place in the Diocese of Charlotte or in another diocese.

David W. Harold, ACSW

(704) 370-3363

david.harold@gmail.com

In 2002, the bishops of the United States approved the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. Ten years later, there has been striking improvement in the Church’s response to and treatment of victims. Children are safer now because of the creation of safe environments and action has been taken to permanently remove offenders from ministry. Yet, much work still needs to be done.

The National Review Board (NRB) offers this report to the bishops and the faithful to highlight both what has been done and what is still needed to be done to protect children and restore trust.

Training – Protecting God’s Children for Adults

Designed to help adults recognize and prevent the sexual abuse of children. Mandatory for all employees and for all volunteers who have regular contact with children.

Pre-registration for workshops is required. To register online, click: Protecting God’s Children Training Schedule

As volunteers in the Diocese of Charlotte, we all have a role in protecting children, young people and vulnerable adults.

The diocese has adopted policies and procedures to safeguard those whose care has been entrusted to us. Click below to access all the forms, policies and other information for volunteers. (more…)