March 25, 2014

Safe Environment

After the sexual abuse crisis came to light in 2002, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops instituted strict safeguards to protect children.  All employees and volunteers of the Diocese of Manchester must be screened and trained to recognize child abuse and child endangerment.  Each school employee and coach is fingerprinted, undergoes a criminal background check, is checked against the national sex offender registry, and takes an online child safety course every three years.  Volunteers do the same but are not fingerprinted.   

Each parish and school in the diocese has a safe environment coordinator and I serve in that role for Trinity High School.  We underwent out triennial audit yesterday by the diocese to ensure our compliance with screening and training of our employees and volunteers and I am proud to announce that we were found to be 100% in compliance.  I take this role very seriously and am happy for these results.

You can learn more about the diocese's child safety policies here.

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