Safe Environment Weekly Update – 3/21/2022
Did you know… Our parishes plan ahead each year in order to ensure that every sponsored activity, meeting and event is in full compliance with Safe Environments. A common question we receive is related to self-help support groups which meet in our parishes. Pastors and Local Safe Environment coordinators ensure that there are no children sharing bathrooms with any adults and the meeting spaces are reserved for just those adults. The adults who are in charge of supervising and setting up for a meeting must complete Safe Environment training and clear a criminal background check so that they can ensure all safeguards are in place and at the same time respect full anonymity of group members.
To report abuse of a minor or vulnerable adult or an incident of child pornography in the Diocese of Bridgeport involving any person from the Church, call DCF at: 1.800.842.2288 and Erin Neil, L.C.S.W. at: 203.650.3265 or Michael Tintrup L.C.S.W. at: 203.241.0987. You may also contact a Third-Party reporting hotline at: www.lighthouse-services.com/diobpt or call: 833.990.0004or fill out a written report of abuse or neglect at the following link: www.bridgeportdiocese.org/safe-environments/incident-report-of-an-allegation-of-abuse-or-misconduct.