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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

Dioceses Launch Abuse Reporting Program August 20, 2019

BRIDGEPORT—Catholics in Connecticut are reacting to the news that Diocese in four New England states launched a confidential online reporting system for abuse last week. One of the Connecticut Diocese launched a similar system back in March.

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Featured Event

Survivors of sexual abuse express hope

DANBURY—For 40 years, David D’Andrea kept a secret from the rest of the world, a secret so dark and spiritually corrosive that it affected his health and led to post-traumatic stress disorder.

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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

Protecting God’s Children – A Quick Reference Guide

English  |  Spanish | Vietnamese  |  Italian  |  Portuguese
 

Child Lures Prevention

Visit this website dedicated to important information about the protection of our children for over 25 years.
 

Safe Environment Summary

Click to download the Safe Environment Outline Summary (PDF)