Reporting of Allegations
The Archdiocese of Baltimore strictly complies with Maryland laws requiring reporting suspected child abuse to civil authorities. Under Maryland law any person who has reason to believe a child has been subjected to abuse must report the suspected abuse to civil authorities, even if the potential victim is now over 18 years old and even in cases where the alleged perpetrator is deceased. If someone associated with the Church, including clergy, employees, or volunteers in the Archdiocese of Baltimore, is suspected of abuse, then the suspected abuse must also be reported to the Archdiocese's Office of Child and Youth Protection (OCYP) at 410-547-5348 or the Victims Assistance Hotline at 1-866-417-7469.
Screening of Applicants
The Archdiocese of Baltimore is committed to healthy ministry, and seeks to engage competent, qualified people. To protect children and youth, Church personnel are screened for their fitness to work with minors. This process includes mandatory completion of criminal background checks for all clergy, employees, and for all volunteers who have substantial contact with children.
Training and Education
The Archdiocese of Baltimore's safe environment training program, Protect Children: STAND educates Church personnel on preventing, recognizing, and reporting child sexual abuse. All clergy, employees, and all volunteers who have substantial contact with children are required to receive this safe environment training every five years. Volunteers under the age of 18 receive age appropriate safe environment training, Worthy of the Call.
Family Life Catechesis, which includes safe environment education, is required for children in Archdiocesan schools and parish religious education programs (grades K-12). Resources are made available to parents as well.
Outreach to Victims
The Archdiocese of Baltimore reaches out to those who have been harmed by Church personnel. The Archdiocese recognizes the importance of not only offering support to those who are abuse survivors, but to their family members as well. The Office of Child and Youth Protection offers survivors counseling and pastoral services with a therapist of their choosing.