What's happening in our diocese to protect the most vulnerable?
In 1982, President Reagan proclaimed April to be the first National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and that tradition continues today. This April, take a moment to learn what you can do to prevent abuse. Please scroll down for information, resources, and ideas on child abuse prevention in our communities and in or Church.
Things to do for National Child Abuse Prevention Month
Learn more about child abuse prevention
Talk to your children about personal boundaries and physical and online safety
Make a pinwheel garden
Pray for abuse survivors
Pray the Rosary for abuse survivors
Learn how to report child abuse
Child Abuse Prevention Resources
We report all allegations of abuse directly to law enforcement and cooperate with civil authorities on all investigations.
Our diocese has a designated Victim Assistance Coordinator whose primary role is to accompany survivors and provide resources for their healing journey.
We also have an independent review board, consisting primarily of lay members.
The role of the review board is to review allegations and make a recommendation to the bishop regarding the suitability for ministry.
We train adults on how to maintain a safe environment and how to report concerns.
We train minors in parish religious education programs and in Catholic schools to identify warning signs of abuse and inappropriate behavior, as well as how to report abuse.
By following all of our diocesan policies and procedures to create safe environments, we can maintain a culture of protection and healing.
Total of Active Priests 291
Safe Environment Training Compliant 291
Background Check Compliant 291
Total of Active Deacons 131
Safe Environment Training Compliant 131
Background Check Compliant 131
Candidates for Ordination
Total of Seminarians 30 Safe Environment Training Compliant 30 Background Check Compliant 30 Total of Candidates for the Diaconate 44
Safe Environment Training Compliant 44
Background Check Compliant 44
Total of Active Employees 1855
Safe Environment Training Compliant 1839
Background Check Compliant 1835
Volunteers with Minors
Total of Active Catechists 2830
Safe Environment Training Compliant 2701
Background Check Compliant 2494
Total of Active Volunteer Youth Ministers 26 Safe Environment Training Compliant 26
Background Check Compliant 26
Other Active Parish Volunteers with Minors 1853
Safe Environment Training Compliant 1677
Background Check Compliant 1701
Minors Involved in Programs
Catechetical Ministry students 32864
Safe Environment Trained 29516
Youth Ministry participants 1001
Safe Environment Trained 1001
Catholic Schools Students 7227
Safe Environment Trained 7227
DIOCESE OF SAN BERNARDINO
2019-2020 SAFE ENVIRONMENT REPORT
What's happening nationally to protect the most vulnerable?
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has two bodies committed to the influence of policies regarding child and youth protection:
The Committee on the Protection of Children and Young People where all members are bishops, and the National Review Board in which all members are lay people who have elements of expertise in the field of child and youth protection.
There is a Victim Assistance Coordinator and Safe Environment Coordinator in every diocese.
The Annual Audit, currently conducted by StoneBridge Business Partners, evaluates the success of child and youth protection procedures, and trainings throughout the audit year.
Diocesan Review Boards are in place in every diocese to review allegations of abuse and advise the bishop.
All adult volunteers, clergy, and staff must receive safe environment training. All children must receive safe environment training.