What is Safe Environment
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops created the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People in June 2002, which addresses allegations of sexual abuse of minors by Catholic clergy.
This Charter led to the creation of the Office of Safe Environment at the Diocese of Owensboro. The Office of Safe Environment works for the protection of children, young people and other vulnerable individuals who have been entrusted to the care of our parishes, schools, religious education classes and other diocesan programs.
The Charter also includes guidelines for reconciliation, healing, accountability and prevention of future acts of abuse.
(Information above taken from the Diocese of Owensboro website)
Who Needs to be Safe Environment Compliant
Individuals working with youth (children under the age of 18) and/or vulnerable adults (those over 18 years of age with mental/physical disabilities or illness and who may be unable to take care of/protect themselves against harm) are required by the Diocese of Owensboro to be Safe Environment Compliant.
If you currently work with, or plan to work with, the youth and/or vulnerable adults in the Holy Spirit community, it is required by the Diocese that you complete a Background Check, Safe Environment Training and Vulnerable Adult Ministry video every five years. Below you will find a list of the ministries which require these items.
Ministries working with Youth
Children’s & Young Children’s Liturgy of the Word
Confirmation Retreat and Catechist Teams
Faith Formation Stations
First Sacraments Preparation Team
Holy Spirit Parkside Early Learning Center (BC done through HSPELC)
Junior High & Senior High School Youth Groups
Right of Christian Initiation adapted for Children (RCIC)
St. Joseph Interparochial School (Completed through St. Joe’s)
Vacation Bible School
Youth Camps, Retreats and Activites
Youth Ministry Leadership Team
Ministries working with Vulnerable Adults
Ministers of Care to the Sick
Room in the Inn (in-keepers)
Ministries working with Youth & Vulnerable Adults
International Outreach Committee
Required Forms and Training Information
Click here to access the Diocese of Owensboro Safe Environment website, which provides detailed information about becoming Safe Environment compliant. You can also click here to view step-by-step instructions to becoming Safe Environment compliant.
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION REGARDING THE SAFE ENVIRONMENT PROCESS AT HOLY SPIRIT, OR TO CHECK THE STATUS OF YOUR COMPLIANCE, PLEASE CONTACT TAMI PERKINS, FACILITATOR OF MINISTRY ENGAGEMENT AT (270) 842-7777