The following is an overview of the Archdiocese of Washington’s Office of Child and Youth Protection and Safe Environment:
• The office has a licensed clinical social worker on staff available 24 hours a day to field calls from survivors, pastors, employees or current victims seeking assistance or guidance.
• The office works with civil authorities on reported cases to ensure information has been accurately and properly disseminated to appropriate parties.
• The office provides on-site trainings concentrating on the child protection policy and reporting child abuse protocols to seminarians, priests, school officials, religious education administrators and school/parent communities. Trainings have included members of the law enforcement community.
• The office oversees more than 240 child protection coordinators at Catholic parishes and schools to ensure all community members are compliant with the child protection policy and have been appropriately screened.
• The office provides on-site visits to parishes and schools throughout the Archdiocese of Washington to ensure locations are current with documentation and screening requirements, as well as, providing clarification on issues that might arise within the community.
• All members of the Office of Child Protection are available seven days a week to provide support and assistance to all members of the Archdiocese of Washington.
• All clergy, religious and lay employees and volunteers must successfully complete a criminal background check to work with children. Criminal background re-checks are conducted monthly.
• All employees must complete an electronic background check as well as fingerprinting. Volunteers need to successfully complete an electronic background check. Results must be posted prior to when individuals are permitted to work with children.
• In 2017, 662 employees were fingerprinted and 4,122 employees and volunteers were electronically background checked.
• All employees, and volunteers must complete the Virtus safe-environment training class in person. Additionally, continuing education bulletins are required to be read and completed by all employees.
• In 2016-2017, 108 Virtus safe environment training sessions were conducted throughout the Archdiocese of Washington, with 3,766 individuals receiving training.
• In 2017, 14,841 students who attend Archdiocese of Washington's schools and religious education programs received age-appropriate training in safe environment trainings.
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