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Safe Environment programs were established in U.S. Roman Catholic Dioceses by the Catholic BishopSafe Environment. Programs were established in U.S. Roman Catholic Dioceses by the Catholic Bishops in 2002 in a landmark document, The Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People a.k.a. “the Charter”.

Safe Environment programs are well-established in all three Roman Catholic Dioceses in Connecticut. The Safe Environment program in the Diocese of Bridgeport has a full-time director, Ms. Erin Neil, L.C.S.W. Safe Environment programs oversee the implementation of Charter mandates including victim assistance, criminal background checks, written Codes of Conduct, and child sexual abuse awareness and prevention training for priests, deacons, lay employees, volunteers, children, and youth.

The Safe Environments Office is dedicated to ensuring the safety of all children in our Diocese.


Featured News

‘Abuse of power’ at root of crisis November 19, 2018

WESTON—Bishop Frank J. Caggiano delivered a somber message about the abuse of power within the Church at the Mass of Hope, Healing and Reconciliation at St. Francis of Assisi Church held on Sunday in Weston.

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Featured Event

Diocese To Hold Mass Of Healing And Hope in April

DANBURY—The Most Rev. Frank Caggiano, together with a planning committee of Survivors of Sexual Abuse as Minors by Priests, will hold a very special Mass for anyone who has been sexually abused as a minor and for others who have been impacted.

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Information

Handbook
Click to read the 2015 Safe Environments Handbook
Training
Information on Safe Environments Training for parents and youth
Continuing Ed
Opportunities to learn more about Safe Environments
Archive
Past stories, events, and information about Safe Environments

 

Audio Interviews with Director Erin Neil

 

Videos

Safe Environment Summary

Click to download the Safe Environment Outline Summary (PDF)