Child Protection & Safe Environment

The Archdiocese of Washington is committed to keeping children safe and to bringing healing to those harmed. Here you can learn more about our child protection policy; sign up for background checks and training if you are seeking to work or volunteer with young people in the archdiocese; and if you have been a victim of child sexual abuse and adult abuse, please contact the Office of Child and Youth Protection & Safe Environment at 301-853-5328, so you may receive the assistance you need.

As a part of the Archdiocese’s periodic review and update of policies, a revised child protection policy was released in July 2019. Here are ten things to know about the Archdiocese’s child protection policy.

The introductory video is available above. Watch the entire Focus on the Child | Child Protection Video Series from Archdiocese of Washington on Vimeo.

The archdiocese has had a written Child Protection Policy since 1986. The policy covers reporting, prevention and healing. It mandates reporting to civil authorities; education for children and adults; and background checks for clergy, employees and volunteers who work with minors. Also included is information on assistance for those harmed and what to do if there is an allegation. A Child Protection Advisory Board of predominantly lay experts advises on and monitors compliance with child protection efforts.


Parent Guides

Volunteer and Employee Information


National Child Protection Efforts and Resources

Bullying Prevention and Response Resources