Creating "A Safe Place for Our Children"
The Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia has a strong commitment to the protection of all the members of our Church, especially those most vulnerable-our children, young people and vulnerable adults.
In an effort to protect all our members, we will strive to create an environment that is safe from any potential harm; an environment that nurtures the growth and development of every person. The Archeparechy is committed to the prevention of abuse and neglect in all its forms.
By creating “A Safe Place for Our Children”, we believe that we create A Safe Place for every person. The Archeparchy will do all it can to support Archeparchial and parish leaders who are positive and faith filled role models and to take appropriate action when
improper behavior is observed or reported.
May God help us to work together to create an environment in which all God’s children can feel loved and respected.
The Ukrainian Archeparchy of Philadelphia is committed to ensuring the safety of children and young people who participate in church-related activities. For example, the diocese requires all clergy, employees and volunteers who interact with children undergo a background check and training. Everyone who is trained is required to report abuse when they suspect it. All have a part to play in creating a safe environment for our children.
In addition, the diocese urges anyone is a victim of sexual misconduct or suspects someone was abused to report it to civil authorities and Victims Assistance Coordinator at 215.873.6162.
Below are some resources addressing the protection of children:
1. Pennsylvania Child Line: 1-800-932-0313
2. Diocesan hotline number: 215-873-6162
3. Diocesan Victim Assistance Coordinator: 215-873-6162
4. Link to the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/child-and-youth-protection/charter.cfm
5. Link to the diocese policy on child protection: http://www.ukrarcheparchy.us/index.php?categoryid=67
Child and Youth Protection Resources. (Click here for pdf)