The Diocese of Grand Rapids is committed to protecting children and adults from harm. Our safe environment program is in place to help prevent sexual abuse within our community and to help heal the wounds of past victims. In compliance with the USCCB's Charter for the Protection of Children & Young People, the Diocese of Grand Rapids has established the following:
USCCB Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People
and Essential Norms for Diocesan/ Eparchial Policies Dealing with Allegations of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Priests or Deacons
|Policy on Sexual Abuse of Minors
||Read the Diocese of Grand Rapids' policy regarding the sexual abuse|
(English | Español | Vietnamese)
|Reporting Sexual Abuse of Minors - Posters in three|
languages contain information about reporting alleged
abuse as well as victim assistance coordinator contact information.
Safe Environment Training
|(Upcoming sessions | Pre-register/register)
||Information about and/or register for an upcoming |
Protecting God's Children Awareness Session
(*see below for additional details)
Screening & Forms
|(English | Español)
||Access and print the Background Check Authorization Form for |
volunteers and employees. All paid Church personnel (clergy,
religious and lay people) and volunteers who regularly are
entrusted with unsupervised contact with a child, the elderly,
or persons with disabilities are subject to a criminal history
|(English | Español)
||Access and print the Standards of Ministerial Behavior in Dealing |
with Children & Young People Form.
Compliance & Audits
|(2014-15 | 2013-14 | 2012-13 | 2011-12 | 2010-11 | 2009-10 | 2008-09 | 2006-07 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003)
||Diocesan charter compliance audit report summaries. Since the release of standards by the USCCB in 2002, |
the Diocese of Grand Rapids has been audited by an
outside agency to determine our adherence to national
policies. In each audit so far, the diocese has been found to be in full compliance.
|(2012 | 2011)
||National charter compliance report|
*Who Should Attend?
All parish or school employees, and all adult volunteers who (1) are engaged in jobs, ministries or programs that involve regular contact with children or young people; (2) or have oversight or administrative responsibility for programs or ministries involving children or young people; or as required by their parish or school administrator. Any interested parents may also attend. The presentation is intended for mature audiences only - persons under the age of 18 may attend only in accordance with established policy for Protecting God's Children.