Protect Children

With the guidance of experts in child protection and law enforcement, the Diocese has done everything in our power to put in place all necessary child protection safeguards. We ensure you that every accusation against any Diocesan personnel is thoroughly examined and immediately reported to law enforcement. We are and have been committed to honesty, transparency and ensuring the safety of our children in all matters.

The Diocese has taken additional measures and continues to improve our efforts to protect children, including:

  • Screening all employees and volunteers with multiple background certifications to ensure that individuals with a record of abuse do not have access to children.
  • Teaching students how to stay safe and provide instruction in age-appropriate child abuse awareness programs.
  • Training employees and volunteers to recognize and report abuse by requiring a state-approved online training program.
  • Providing ID Badges for all individuals who have completed the required background certification and training for the Diocesan Youth Protection Program.

Safe Environment Program

Keeping our children safe

The Diocesan Safe Environment program offers age-appropriate personal safety instruction to students in Catholic schools and parish religious education programs.

These mandatory programs ensure that children receive important information on how to stay safe.  In addition to a classroom presentation of safety issues, adapted for different grade levels, parents receive materials to help guide their own discussions with their children.

Summary of the Youth Protection Policy

The Diocese of Harrisburg is committed to its responsibility to protect all children entrusted to its care. The Diocese has developed and implemented a new Youth Protection Program to ensure the safety of all the Church’s children. The Diocese also pledges adherence to Canon Law and full, open cooperation with the law-enforcement agencies of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and other civil jurisdictions.