Diocese of Youngstown Observes Child Abuse Prevention Month April 2016
Tuesday, 22 March 2016 00:00

NEWS RELEASE                144 West Wood Street,
                                                                     Phone: 330-744-8451
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                                                                     Rev. Monsignor John A. Zuraw, Chancellor

FOR RELEASE Immediate DATE SENT March 22, 2016
SUBJECT         Diocese of Youngstown Observes Child Abuse Prevention Month
                          April 2016
MORE INFO     Diocese of Youngstown   330.744.8451 

The Diocese of Youngstown invites Catholics in diocesan parishes, schools, and institutions and all persons of good faith to observe National Child Abuse Prevention Month April 2016.  During the month of April and throughout the year, communities are encouraged to share child abuse and neglect prevention awareness strategies and activities and promote prevention across the country.  For Child Abuse Prevention Month resources, visit the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Office of Child and Youth Protection website, http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/child-and-youth-protection/resources/child-abuse-prevention-month-resources.cfm.

The Diocese of Youngstown insures safe environments for children and young people entrusted to the care of its parishes and schools by implementing the Diocese of Youngstown Child Protection Policy, Treasured Gifts from God.  The Diocese takes seriously the command of Jesus to care for children whom he singled out as "the greatest in the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 18:1).

Based on the USCCB Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, the DOY Child Protection Policy prescribes the means of prevention, standards of ministerial behavior, response to an allegation, means of healing and reconciliation, and a Diocesan Review Board.

In the Diocese of Youngstown, all clergy, religious, employees and volunteers receive copies of the Child Protection Policy and must sign an authorization/verification form and an acknowledgement form stating that they will comply with the policy.

Additionally, all clergy and religious, employees and volunteers who have contact with children must be fingerprinted for a criminal background check and participate in the diocesan in-service on safe environments.  A database at the Chancery Office keeps track of each person who serves in diocesan parishes, schools and institutions with the date each compliance requirement is completed.

For more information about child abuse prevention in the Catholic Church, visit the USCCB website, www.usccb.org/ocyp, visit the DOY website, www.doy.org, or contact Thomas D. Sauline, Diocesan Administrator of Child Protection, 330-744-8451, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  To report an allegation of child abuse, call him at 330-599-4300.