Procedures for Filing a Complaint of Sexual Abuse
1. All clergy, staff, and volunteers, must report knowledge or belief that a child is the victim of sexual abuse. (See Sexual Abuse Policy v Section 2)
2. All complaints or knowledge of abuse should first be brought to the attention of the pastor of the parish, the principal of the school, or the supervisor of the particular ministry or organization.
3. If a victim or a victim¦s family is making a direct complaint on their own they will meet with the pastor of the parish, the principal of the school, the superior of the religious community, or the supervisor in charge of the activity. At all times, a victim or complainant, may report directly to the Bishop, to the local civil authorities, and to a child abuse reporting agency.
4. The person hearing the complaint will take note of the victim’s name and address, the person they are accusing, the place where the incident occurred, the time that the incident took place, and a general description of the nature of the offense. Forms for filing a complaint are available on the Eparchial website (www.stamforddio.org), in English or Ukrainian, under the safe environment department.
5. Upon receiving the preliminary information noted above, it is mandated that the pastor, principal, or ministry supervisor forward the report of abuse to:
a) The Bishop & Chancellor of the Eparchy
b) The local police department for your town (911)
c) The Child Protection Agency or Hot Line for your area that is listed on the Eparchy website or parish bulletin Board
d) The State Dept. of Children & Families (within 12 hours).
6. The Bishop and Chancellor, upon receipt of a complaint, will contact the Victim¦s Assistance Coordinator , the Eparchial Review Board, the local protopresbyter, the Eparchial attorney, and the Eparchial Insurance company. They will also verify that the report has been filed with the local police and the appropriate Child Protection Agency and State Department for Children.
7. The Bishop will personally meet with all victims and their families.
8. The Bishop will begin a preliminary internal investigation of the incident in accordance with the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches. If there is credible evidence that child sexual abuse has occurred, appropriate measures will be taken to remove the offender from ministry and place them on administrative leave.
Policy and Procedures concerning sexual abuse of minors by clergy or church personnel
Page 1 (Click on the page to read the .pdf file)
Prevention, Education and Reporting
Civil and Canonical Responsibilities (reporting and investigation)
Page 2 (Click on the page to read the .pdf file)
Section 2 (continued)
Administrative Guidelines for Dealing with a Complaint
Services to Victims
Page 3 (Click on the page to read the .pdf file)
Section 5 (continued)
Reassignment of Clergy and Religious
Page 4 (Click on the page to read the .pdf file)
Section 8 (continued)
Screening and Selection -
CODE OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT
FOR CLERGY, ADMINISTRATORS, PRINCIPALS, TEACHERS, STAFF, AND VOLUNTEERS
For Clergy, Administrators, Principals, Teachers, Staff, & Volunteers
The Eparchy of Stamford is committed to keeping children and youth safe in accord with the policies of the USCCB¦s Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. This code of conduct will establish guidelines for appropriate interactions between church personnel and those whom they serve.
A minor is defined as a person under the age of 18.
A young adult is defined as a person between the ages of 18 v 20. Both a minor and a young adult are defined as youth.
An adult is defined as a person age 21 or older.
All clergy, principals, teachers, staff, and volunteers of the Eparchy will observe the following guidelines in dealing with minors and young adults.
1) Clergy, employees, and volunteers shall not engage in any form of physical, psychological, written and/or oral harassment of any individual and shall not tolerate any such conduct by any other church personnel.
2) Clergy, employees, and volunteers, shall maintain a professional work environment that is free from any and all forms of physical, psychological, written, and/or oral intimidation or harassment.
3) This prohibition against harassment encompasses a broad range of physical, psychological, written, and/or oral behavior including without limitation: physical or mental abuse; racial insults; derogatory ethnic slurs; unwelcome sexual advances or touching; sexual comments or sexual jokes; display of offensive materials; or requests for sexual activity or behavior of any kind for any reason.
4) Clergy, employees, and volunteers shall take every report or allegation of harassment seriously and shall report same to their immediate supervisor.
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