Andrea Langlois
Responsible Ministry
Email: responsibleministry@padiocese.ca   
306-922-4747 ext. 234

Responsible Ministry Protocol:

A Protection Plan for Children, Youth, Vulnerable Adults and Ministry Personnel Manual

New Canadian Reporting System for Sexual Abuse or Cover-up by a Catholic Bishop

furthers the commitment of the Catholic Church in Canada

to protect minors and vulnerable persons from sexual abuse

6 May 2021 – Prince Albert, SK – Today, the Bishops of Canada launch a national, bilingual service for reporting situations of sexual abuse either committed or covered-up by a Bishop. This service furthers their commitment to responsibility, accountability and transparency in matters of clergy sexual abuse and their commitment to facilitate healing and justice for victims-survivors.

 

The Canadian Reporting System for Sexual Abuse or Cover-up by a Catholic Bishop is a direct response to Pope Francis’ Apostolic Letter entitled Vos estis lux mundi (You are the light of the world). In this Letter, the Pope calls on dioceses and eparchies throughout the world to establish “...one or more public, stable and easily accessible systems for submission of reports…”. With Vos estis lux mundi, the Pope indicates what procedures must be followed in the universal Church when allegations are made against a Bishop. In doing so, he updates, clarifies and standardizes practices around the world. The reporting system for Bishops introduces an additional level of accountability for Church leadership in Canada, alongside the existing diocesan/eparchial protocols for reporting and responding to sexual abuse or other sexual misconduct by priests, deacons, religious, and mandated lay pastoral personnel.

 

“Our society must aim to create a climate of safety where the abuse of children and vulnerable people is simply not tolerated, and where their support is paramount,” began Dr. Delphine Collin-Vézina, PhD, Director of the Centre for Research on Children and Families, and Director of the Canadian Consortium on Child & Youth Trauma, as well as full Professor, School of Social Work & Associate Member, Department of Pediatrics at McGill University. “The newly established national, bilingual system for reporting sexual abuse, sexual misconduct, or cover-up by a Catholic Bishop in Canada is an important step forward in this direction. This system is rooted in a victim-first approach and aims to remove the multiple barriers that prevent disclosure. These abuses have been silenced and covered up for too long, leaving victims and survivors unheard. I applaud this initiative led by the Bishops of Canada, which will hopefully facilitate healing and recovery for those who were abused.”

 

ClearView Strategic Partners, a Canadian provider of an independent ethics reporting and whistleblowing platform, was engaged by the Bishops of Canada to develop the reporting system according to the instructions and procedures outlined in Vos estis lux mundi. This new reporting system is designed to receive and transmit to the proper Church authorities reports of sexual abuse, sexual misconduct (e.g., sexual harassment or possession of child pornography) or cover-up by a Catholic Bishop. ClearView’s technology benefits anyone wanting to make such a report by providing them with a secure and confidential platform, allowing them to remain anonymous if they so choose, and ensuring all communications are documented and preserved.

 

The Catholic Bishops of Canada condemn all forms of sexual abuse in the strongest possible terms. No one should ever have to endure the pain, humiliation, and long-term suffering it causes, nor should anyone have to doubt that serious consequences await a perpetrator of sexual abuse or cover-up. With this reporting system, the Bishops make themselves accountable to live with integrity and to address reports of sexual abuse according to Church and civil law. At all times, they grieve with victims-survivors. They regret profoundly what offending Bishops, priests, deacons, religious, and laity have inflicted on victims-survivors, as well as its effects. The Bishops of Canada wish to reach out and accompany victims-survivors along the path that restores justice and promotes healing.

 

About Canadian Reporting System for Sexual Abuse or Cover-up by a Catholic Bishop

The Canadian Reporting System for Sexual Abuse or Cover-up by a Catholic Bishop is provided and financed by the Bishops of Canada. It operates on a confidential, secure platform, ClearView ConnectsTM, developed by ClearView Strategic Partners. Individuals can access the reporting system online (BishopReportingSystem.ca) or via a toll-free number (1-866-892-3737) from anywhere in Canada, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days per year in English or French.

 

To learn more about the Canadian Reporting System for Sexual Abuse or Cover-up by a Catholic Bishop, please visit www.padiocese.ca

Information:

 

For questions about safeguarding

and responsible ministry in the

Diocese of Prince Albert

Andrea Langlois

Director of Responsible Ministry

E-mail:  responsibleministry@padiocese.ca

Phone: 306-922-4747 ext 234

Website: https://www.padiocese.ca/responsible-ministry

 

For general and technical questions

about the Canadian Reporting System for Sexual Abuse or Cover-up by a Catholic Bishop

Lisa Gall

Communications Coordinator

Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB)

E-mail at communications@cccb.ca

Phone at 613-241-9461, ext. 225

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Canadian Reporting System for Sexual Abuse or Cover-up by a Catholic Bishop - 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Link

Letter from Most Reverend Albert Thévenot, M. Afr.

regarding Prayer for Forgiveness and Healing for Victims of Clergy Sexual Abuse

Letter in English

Letter in French

Prayer in English and French

Prayers of the Faithful in English

Prayers of the Faithful in French

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In 2018 The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) published the book Protecting Minors from Sexual Abuse. Below is a video introducing this book and then the link to the book is available.

 Video: 

Introduction to Protecting Minors from Sexual Abuse: A Call to the Catholic Faithful in Canada for Healing, Reconciliation, and Transformation – https://youtu.be/71_KUyo3NkE

Document:

Protecting Minors from Sexual Abuse: A Call to the Catholic Faithful in Canada for Healing, Reconciliation, and Transformation(PDF) is available from the CCCB website at http://www.cccb.ca/site/images/stories/pdf/Protecting_Minors_2018.pdf (permission must be obtained to reproduce the resource: permissions@cccb.ca). The document is also available for purchase from CCCB Publications: www.cccb.ca

https://www.cccb.ca/about/responsible-ministry/cccb-guidelines/

How To Prepare For Responsible Ministry
In Your Parish

Responsible Ministry

A Protection Plan for Children, Youth, Vulnerable Adults and Ministry Personnel of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan.

This protocol and its guidelines are to help us fulfill our responsibilities to provide as safe and nurturing environment as possible for children, youth and vulnerable adults. In partnership with parents and caregivers, we seek to provide quality care and instruction and, in this way, promote spiritual growth at every age level.

For new members of our teams, for responsible ministry in our parishes, an Orientation Video must be viewed along with the necessary forms to be fully prepared for High Risk Ministries. A refresher orientation must be completed yearly to keep members up to date on responsible ministry.

New Volunteer Orientation:  https://www.screencast.com/t/9ykOvqTV

Annual Volunteer Refresher Orientation: https://www.screencast.com/t/ekbrrzM4WI

Please see your parish for all appendices, call Andrea Langlois at 306-922-4747 ext. 234 or email: responsibleministry@padiocese.ca 

If viewing either video in a group setting all that is required at the Diocese office is an attendance sheet.  

If viewing either video on your own a completed copy of the questionnaire must be sent into the RC Diocese of Prince Albert – Responsible Ministry.

Appendices required for a New Adult Volunteer to Responsible Ministry:

  • Appendix 4A

  • Appendix 4B

  • Appendix 4C: To be printed 3 times for 3 references

  • Appendix 4D-1: To be prepared for responsible ministry it is required that a police records check be submitted every 5 years.

  • Appendix 6A

  • Appendix 7B

  • Appendix 8C: Approval of Ministry Personnel to be completed by the Parish Responsible Ministry Committee {PRMC} members.


Appendices required for New Youth Volunteer to Responsible Ministry:

  • Appendix 4B 

  • Appendix 4C: to be printed 3 times for 3 references

  • Appendix 5

  • Appendix 6A

  • Appendix 7B

  • Appendix 8C: Approval of Ministry Personnel to be completed by the Parish Responsible Ministry Committee (PRMC) members

Responsible Ministry Appendices

Appendix 2B - Parishes with No High Risk Ministries

                        Annual Form of Verification

Appendix 2C - Parishes with No High Risk Ministries

                        Annual Letter of Verification

Appendix 10A - Children/Youth Health

        Information and parent/Guardian Consent

Appendix 11A - Extraordinary Activities

                          Procedures

Appendix 11B - Extraordinary Activity Plan

                          Parent's Copy

Appendix 11C - Extraordinary Activity

                         Parent/Guardian Consent Form

Appendix 3C - Screening Overview

                        for Each Risk Level

Appendix 4A - Ministry Personnel Application Form

                        for Adults

Appendix 4B - Release of Information and

                        Declaration of Intent Form

Appendix 11D - Extraordinary Activity

                          Authorization Form

Appendix 11E - Extraordinary Activity 

                         Approval of Assessor

Appendix Appendix 4C - Ministry Personnel                                                      Reference Form

Appendix 5 - Ministry Personnel Application Form

                     for Youth working with children

Appendix 6A - Ministry Personnel Agreement Form

                        Covenant of Care

Appendix 6C - Oath of Confidentiality Form 

                        For Employees

Appendix 7A - Interview Questions

                        Current Volunteers

Appendix 7B - Interview Questions

                       New Volunteers

Appendix 8A & 8B - Checklist for General Risk

  & Checklist for High Risk Volunteer Positions

Appendix 8C - Approval of

                        Ministry Personnel Volunteer

Appendix 9A - Children/Youth Registration Form

    Image Release and Parent/Guardian Consent

Appendix 9E - Registration Form - Babysitting

at Parish, Deanery or Diocese Event

Appendix 21 - Blood Borne Pathogens

                       and Infectious Diseases