Child and Youth Protection


The core value of the OCYP is the protection of children from sexual abuse.

We strive to build trust and positive relationships in our community by:

  • Acknowledging and repenting for the failures of the past
  • Providing care and support
  • Educating and training
  • Responding appropriately to allegations

Our Commitment:

  • Comply with the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.
  • Reach out to victims and their families and demonstrate a sincere commitment to their spiritual and emotional well-being.
  • Educate children about their rights to a safe environment and empower them to speak up.
  • Train adults to recognize warning signs, to report suspicions of sexual abuse and foster safe environments for children.
  • Report all allegations of sexual abuse to civil authorities.
  • Investigate all allegations of sexual abuse of a minor against clerics, employees and volunteers of the diocese, providing findings to the Independent Review Board for recommendations to the Bishop.

Guiding Principles:

  • Integrity
  • Empowerment
  • Confidentiality
  • Accountability
  • Transparency
  • Spirituality

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