Conduct with Minors – Code of Conduct for Church Personnel

Church personnel who interact with minors (persons under the age of 18) shall promote open and trustworthy relationships between minors and adults.

3.1 Church personnel who work with a minor shall have training appropriate to their level of responsibility. Church personnel shall seek and receive archdiocesan approved training regarding appropriate boundaries and conduct with minors.
3.2 Appropriate conduct and interactions between church personnel and a minor can contribute to a minor’s development and is a positive part of Church and ministry.
3.3 Inappropriate conduct and interactions between church personnel and a minor can cause harm to a minor’s development and well-being, and shall never occur. Appropriate boundaries must be established and respected. Church personnel may not engage in sexual or inappropriate physical contact with a minor. Sexualized touch is never appropriate. Any interaction with a minor that is a “secret” is not appropriate.
3.4 Church personnel who work with a minor shall be aware that physical contact can be misconstrued. Church personnel shall be aware of a minor’s vulnerability as well as their own.
3.5 Church personnel shall never physically discipline a minor.<