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.
BROOKFIELD—At the third and final abuse crisis listening session held in the chapel of St. Joseph Church in Brookfield the discussion between Bishop Caggiano and those in attendance was candid, at times deeply personal, and ended on a hopeful note.
Audio Interviews with Director Erin Neil