Office of Safe Environments • DIOCESE OF BRIDGEPORT

Report an Incident of Abuse

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

 

STEPS FOR REPORTING SUSPECTED ABUSE OF A MINOR OR VULNERABLE ADULT

All Members of the Clergy, Seminarians, Religious Sisters and Brothers, Lay employees, Volunteers and Independent contractors are required to make a report to the Diocese and to Civil authorities of any suspicion of sexual abuse, other forms of child abuse, elder abuse, abuse of a vulnerable adult, risk of injury or knowledge of someone in possession of child pornography.

If you have actual knowledge of or have reasonable cause to suspect abuse of a minor or vulnerable adult, or any allegation of abuse or misconduct involving a member of the Clergy, Seminarian, Religious Sister or Brother, Lay Employee, Lay Volunteer or Independent Contractor of the Diocese of Bridgeport, (whether the incident occurred recently or in the past) report that information immediately to:

Erin Neil, L.C.S.W., Director of Safe Environment & Victim Assistance Coordinator
Office: (203) 416-1406
Mobile: (203) 650-3265
eneil@diobpt.org

or

Michael Tintrup, L.C.S.W., Victim Assistance Counselor
(203) 241-0987

AND

The CT Department of Children and Family (D.C.F.) Child Abuse and Neglect Care-line
within 12 hours of first becoming aware.
1 (800) 842-2288

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For a report involving a vulnerable adult, call
Protective Services for the Elderly at the Department of Social Services
1 (888) 385-4225

After business hours or on weekends or state holidays, please call Info-line at 2-1-1

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If you would like to report a situation in which abuse or neglect is suspected concerning an individual with an intellectual disability between the ages of 18 and 59, please call 1 (844) 878-8923.

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Mandated Reporters are required by law to report directly to D.C.F. or to the Police any suspicion of abuse of a minor, risk of injury to a minor, child pornography, exploitation or neglect. This document is in addition to CT mandated reporting guidelines.

As of Oct. 2015, mandated reporters who fail to report suspected abuse of a minor or risk of injury within 12-hours of becoming aware, will be reported to the Chief State’s Attorney and may be charged with a felony. Third party information is reportable to D.C.F. and proof is not a requirement for reporting.

All information will be handled with a high level of confidentiality however full anonymity cannot be guaranteed in cases involving abuse of a minor. Mandated Reporters must complete a written report within 48-hours. Please visit our diocesan website at www.bridgeportdiocese.com/safeenvironment

WARNING SIGNS: If you have any concern about the safety of a child or if you have observed an early warning sign of inappropriate conduct or a violation of the Safe Environment Policies, please call the Safe Environment Office with what you know. THE STATE OF CT MANDATED REPORTING ONLINE TRAINING & CERTIFICATE (40 minutes) http://www.ct.gov/dcf/cwp/view.asp?a=3483&Q=413540


Contact information for reporting suspected child abuse in all States

MANDATED REPORTING

State of CT Department of Children and Family Services Training (PPT)
Mandatory Reporting of Suspected Abuse of a Vulnerable Adult (PDF)

For questions or concerns relating to Safe Environments, VIRTUS Awareness Training, Resources for Victims of Abuse or Mandated Reporting, please contact:
Erin Neil, L.C.S.W.
Director of Safe Environments & Victim Assistance Coordinator
Office: (203) 416-1406
Mobile: (203) 650-3265
ENeil@diobpt.org

Michael Tintrup L.C.S.W.
Chief Operating Officer, Catholic Charities
(203) 241-0987

This information is in addition to CT mandated reporting guidelines. You must also notify your immediate supervisor. If the incident of suspected abuse involves a supervisor, contact Safe Environments directly.

For assistance or questions relating to background checks, please contact:
Human Resources
(203) 416-1402
ENeil@diobpt.org

Otro Contacto Importante de Información
Reportadores Obligados por ley, tienen la obligación de reportar cualquier incidente de abuso sexual infantil al Departamento de Servicios Sociales del estado (D.C.F.). Este documento es adicional a las normas ya establecidas, de reportar el abuso infantil. Telefono a llamar en Connecticut “HOTLINE” Para abuso y negligencia infantil: 1-800-842-2288

Véase el informe adjunto de Requerimientos legales de Connecticut con respecto al Abuso Sexual y Negligencia Infantil.