Protecting Gods Children

The Catholic Church, the Diocese of Cleveland and St. Hilary Parish hold the protection of children as one of their highest priorities. To this end, the Diocese of Cleveland adopted a Policy for the Safety of Children in Matters of Sexual Abuse in 2003 and updated it in 2007 and 2016. This policy requires that education and training in the recognition and prevention of sexual abuse towards minor children be given to all Diocesan employees and to all volunteers who come in regular contact with children. This program is titled VIRTUS.

Outline of the requirements for volunteers working with children

Policy for the Safety of Children in Matters of Sexual Abuse (Revised 2016)

Standards of Conduct for Ministry (Revised 2016)

Volunteer Application

For information on what the Catholic Church has done to effectively respond to the sexual abuse by church personal, read the document from the US Conference of Catholic Bishops.