The following are definitions used in the Procedures for Implementation:

Abuse:  The physical injury or mental injury of a child by a parent or other person who has permanent or temporary care or custody or responsibility for supervision of a child, or by any household or family member, under circumstances that indicate that the child’s health or welfare is harmed or at substantial risk of being harmed; or sexual abuse, whether or not physical injuries are sustained.

Adult: A person who is 18 years of age and older.

Application: The Archdiocesan “Application for Employment” or “Application for Volunteer Service.”

Child: Any individual under 18 years of age.

Child and Youth Protection Policies and Procedures: The Archdiocese of Baltimore’s Child and Youth Protection Policies and Procedures are in A Statement of Policy for the Protection of Children and Youth, Procedures for Implementation and Compliance, and the Code of Conduct for Church Personnel of the Archdiocese of Baltimore. The most current policies and procedures are located on the Archdiocese of Baltimore’s website.

Church Personnel: Includes priests and deacons with faculties to function in this Archdiocese; seminarians of the Archdiocese; those enrolled in the Permanent Diaconate Formation Program; men and women religious approved for ministry at a Covered Entity in the Archdiocese; and employees and volunteers who are subject to the control, under civil law, of the Archdiocese of Baltimore. As used in this Statement of Policy, the term Church Personnel does not include employees and volunteers of Catholic Charities which has separate policies regarding child abuse and youth protection.

CJIS Fingerprint-based Criminal History Record Information Check: The Criminal Justice Information Services (“CJIS”) Central Repository