Safe Environment

VIRTUS training scheduled for Sunday, March 29th is Canceled. New dates to be announced

Click here to view the current schedule of Virtus Training Classes for Archdiocese of Hartford. 

Note: When you click on the link above you will be taken to the Virtus online page, click the DOWN arrow in the "select your organization" box, and search for "Hartford, CT (Archdiocese)". Then click on the select box. 

All Clergy and employees of the Archdiocese of Hartford, regardless of the position they hold, and all adult volunteers, whether in our parishes, schools or archdiocesan programs, who in their ministries and work have contact with minors or vulnerable adults, are required to abide by these updated procedures and guidelines.  All clergy, employees, and volunteers are required to attend a training workshop which will cover Sexual Abuse Awareness, Reporting of Sexual Abuse, and the Policies and Codes of the Archdiocese of Hartford, as well as submit to a criminal background check.  All children entrusted to our care through our Catholic Schools or Parish Religious Education programs will be offered the opportunity to attend a Sexual Abuse Prevention program.


CONTACT OFFICE OF SAFE ENVIRONMENT

Office of Safe Environment, 467 Bloomfield Ave. Bloomfield, CT 06002
860-541-6491      860-548-9062 (fax)
Kathleen D. Nowosadko, Director    [email protected]

Office of Safe Environment Handbook

Office of Safe Environment Handbook
(Includes the Policies and Procedures for the Protection of Minors and Vulnerable Adults and the Code of Ministerial Behavior for Personnel of the Archdiocese of Hartford)

HOW TO REPORT AN INCIDENT OF SEXUAL ABUSE TO THE ARCHDIOCESE OF HARTFORD

 
If you have knowledge or suspect that a minor or vulnerable adult (an adult with an intellectual disability) has been sexually abused, in any manner, by personnel of the Archdiocese of Hartford, you are urged to report this information to:
 
Kathleen D. Nowosadko, Victim Assistance Coordinator
860-541-6475       [email protected]
 
In addition, you will be asked to follow up in writing with a detailed description of the facts involved in the incident.  Specifics of this written report can be found in the Policies and Procedures of the Archdiocese of Hartford Relating to Allegations of Sexual Misconduct Involving Minors and Vulnerable Adults. This document is also available online at www.archdioceseofhartford.org.  The Archdiocese of Hartford will report any and all incidents to the proper civil authorities.
 
Mandated reporters in the State of Connecticut are required by law to report any incident of sexual abuse involving a minor or vulnerable adult.  We encourage any Non-Mandated persons to report such incidents to the proper authorities as well. We support your right to do so.
 
Incidents involving sexual abuse of minors (persons under the age of 18) should be reported to:
State Department of Children and Families Care-line
1-800-842-2288
 
Incidents involving sexual abuse of vulnerable adults aged 18 – 59 should be reported to the:
Abuse Investigations Division of the Office of Protection and Advocacy
for Persons with Disabilities
1-800-842-7303
 
Incidents involving sexual abuse of vulnerable adults aged 60 and over should be reported to:
Department of Social Services for the Elderly
1-888-385-4225
 
Once a written report of an incident of sexual abuse of a minor or vulnerable adult has been received, an investigation will be undertaken by, or on behalf of, the Archdiocese of Hartford.

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People 
To Protect the Faithful in the Future ARTICLE 12. Dioceses/eparchies are to maintain “safe environment” programs which the diocesan/eparchial bishop deems to be in accord with Catholic moral principles. They are to be conducted cooperatively with parents, civil authorities, educators, and community organizations to provide education and training for children, youth, parents, ministers, educators, volunteers, and others about ways to make and maintain a safe environment for children and young people. Dioceses/eparchies are to make clear to clergy and all members of the community the standards of conduct for clergy and other persons in positions of trust with regard to children. Learn more


The VIRTUS training scheduled on Sunday, March 29th has been cancelled. At this time there we still may be able to have a Virtus Training class in May. The training is at St. Therese parish center at 555 Middletown Ave, North Haven. If you are unable to attend, please visit the Archdiocese of Hartford’s website at archdioceseofhartford.org for a list of VIRTUS training in our area. All employees of the Hartford Roman Catholic Diocesan Corporation, and any other Personnel of the Archdiocese who have contact with Minors and/or Vulnerable Adults, must attend this training. If you have any questions please call.

Thank you

Patsy, Facilitator for the Archdiocese of Hartford

203-234-9287