Protecting Children Register for Training Protecting God's Children Called to Serve Report Sexual Abuse Victim Assistance Coordinator Email Margaret Huggard Call: 866-343-8055 Reporte Abuso Sexual The Archdiocese of Detroit takes seriously every allegation of sexual abuse and exploitation. We are committed to protecting children and adults from harm. Our Safe Environment program is in place to help prevent sexual abuse within our community and to heal the wounds of past victims. In this section you will find information about our abuse prevention programs and policies adopted to keep everyone safe in our community. The Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People is the main document we follow in directing our work. Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People Safe Environment Policy Report Sexual Abuse » The Archdiocese of Detroit is committed to the needs of victims of sexual abuse. When a report of abuse is made we work hard to respond as quickly as possible. To report sexual abuse of a minor to the archdiocese involving Catholic clergy or church personnel please use one of the following contacts. Investigations » The Archdiocese of Detroit follows guidelines set by the U.S. Bishops to direct our policy on sexual abuse issues. The guidelines were developed in three parts during the last decade Code of Conduct » Adopted by the Archdiocese of Detroit, the codes of conduct outline acceptable and unacceptable behaviors for all clergy, employees and volunteers and all are expected to adhere to the stated practices. Abuse Prevention Training » The Archdiocese of Detroit has in place the following initiatives designed to promote creation and maintenance of safe environments for children, the elderly and persons with disabilities. Screening » The Archdiocese of Detroit values the safety of children in its care, its employees and volunteers, and the people whom it serves. Accordingly, the Archdiocese must take prudent measures to protect its human and material resources. Counseling & Support » Providing counseling to victims of abuse is a top priority outlined in the U.S. Bishops’ Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. The charter calls on every diocese to reach out to victims and demonstrate a sincere commitment to their spiritual and emotional well-being. Compliance and Audits » Prevention is the most important next step in addressing the clergy abuses of the past. The Archdiocese of Detroit employs a number of key protocols to ensure that children are not abused in our community in the future. Press Releases » Bulletin articles, training schedules, logos, announcements, etc.