Safe Environment Policy for the Protection of Children & Young People
It remains important for our Church to protect children and young persons from the evils of abuse. To abuse a child is a sin. The Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend remains committed to upholding and following its guidelines, policies and procedures that were implemented for the Protection of Children and Young People. These can be reviewed on the Diocese's website, www.diocesefwsb.org under Safe Environment.
If you have reason to believe that a child may be a victim of child abuse or neglect, Indiana law requires that you report this to civil authorities. If you or someone you know was abused as a child or young person by an adult, you are encouraged to notify appropriate civil authorities of that abuse. In addition, if the alleged abuser is or was a priest or deacon of the Catholic Church, you are encouraged to contact Mary Glowaski, Victim Assistance Coordinator, at 260-399-1458 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Rev. Msgr. Robert Schulte, Vicar General of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, at P.O. Box 390, Fort Wayne, IN, 46801, or at 260-399-1419, or email@example.com. The Diocese is committed to helping prevent the abuse or neglect of children and young people and to assist those who claim to have suffered harm as a result of such abuse.
It is the policy of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend that all diocesan priests, deacons and other personnel, lay and religious, paid and volunteer, must adhere to the diocese's Practical Guidelines for Conduct When Interacting With a Child or Young Person. As part of this policy, all volunteers working with children must participate in the Safe Environment Training. The training consists of a twenty-one minute video and background check. For questions or more information, please contact Kim Slott in the Children's Faith Formation office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 277-5760.