Safe Environment

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

For information about the Church’s efforts to help prevent the sexual abuse of children: https://catholicnewsherald.com/news/abuse

If you suspect that a child has been, or is being abused by an employee or volunteer in the diocese:

  • First report to the child abuse hotline in your county or call 911
  • Then report to the diocese

DIOCESAN REQUIREMENTS FOR REPORTING MINISTRY-RELATED SEXUAL ABUSE OF A MINOR

  1. Any individual having actual knowledge of or reasonable cause to suspect an incident of ministry-related sexual abuse is to immediately report the incident to the Chancery.
  2. The Chancery will then report the incident to the proper civil authorities. The individual reporting the incident to the Chancery will be notified of the particulars regarding the Chancery’s filing of the incident with civil authorities.
  3. This reporting requirement is not intended to supersede the right of an individual to make a report to civil authorities, but is to ensure proper, complete and timely reporting. Should an individual choose to make a report to civil authorities, a report is still to be made to the Chancery.

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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.  To leave a message for the Victim Assistance Coordinator, please contact him at the phone number or email address below.  You will receive a response within 48 hours.  If this is an emergency, please contact your local child abuse hotline or call 911.

David W. Harold, LCSW

(704) 370-3363

david.harold@gmail.com

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…)