The Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People states in Article 6 that there will be “clear and well-publicized diocesan standards of ministerial behavior” for clergy, all employees and those volunteers with access to children and young people.
These “standards” have become our Codes of Conduct, and they serve to outline the appropriate behaviors and boundaries that must be adopted by those who wish to work with our children and youth. In addition to obtaining a signature on the Code of Conduct from all designated church personnel, the Charter goes a step further. It is also mandated, that our Code of Conduct will be “well-publicized.”
What does well-publicized mean? It means that not only should the parents of the children in your parish and school be aware of the Code, the community at large must also know that we operate under a defined code of conduct designed to establish and maintain an environment safe for children.
Who must sign a Code of Conduct?:
- All Clergy
- All Employees
- All Volunteers with regular access to children or youths
Where must these forms be retained?:
- In the file created for the individual and housed in a locked file cabinet designated for safe environment materials
How do you make the existence of the Codes of Conduct well known?:
- Place the Codes of Conduct anywhere inside the Church or school that is visited by parishioners and/or parents, or the general public
- Feature the existence of the Codes of Conduct on your parish/school web page or in your parish bulletin
- Create discussions centering on the Code of Conduct at staff or PTA meetings
- Include the Codes of Conduct in your school or parish registration packets