Creating Safe Environments

STRENGTHING OUR PARISH COMMUNITIES is a core standard of care embraced by all clergy, religious orders of clerics, sisters and brothers, employees and volunteers working in parishes and ministries of the Archdiocese of Winnipeg. The core standard of care involves policies and procedures designed to create and maintain a safe environment in our parishes and programs.

This standard of care includes assessing all activities in parishes and ministries of the Diocese to identify all positions especially those which could put children, youth or other vulnerable persons at risk of being harmed. The goal at all times is the protection and safety of our children, our vulnerable people, our volunteers, our clergy, religious, employees, volunteers and our Church.

In order to ensure the greatest care it is essential that all positions are assessed, assigned appropriate risk levels and that appropriate screening, management practices and follow up are maintained consistently throughout the Diocese.

The policies that are part of the Safe Environment Program for the Archdiocese of Winnipeg are:

Archdiocese of Winnipeg Policy for Protection of Children, Youth and Vulnerable Adults, which includes The Archdiocesan Response to a Complaint of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Volunteers or Employees (114 KB)

Archdiocese of Winnipeg Protocol On the Prevention of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Members of the Clergy & The Pastoral Response to Abuse Complaints (118 KB)

The purpose of the Safe Environment Handbook is to assist parishes in making their own successful programs by incorporating best practices in the areas of child, youth and vulnerable person safety, policies of the Archdiocese of Winnipeg and Ecclesiastical Insurance standards.

If you have any questions or concerns, or you would like to schedule Safe Environment training in your parish, please contact:

Handbook Appendix Form for Parishes

Acknowledgement Form (16 KB)

Reference Check Form (26 KB)

Volunteer Application Form (23 KB)

Confidentiality Agreement (151 KB)

Computer, Email and Internet Usage Policy (67 KB)

Volunteer Tracking Sheet (92 KB)

Criminal Record Check Information (409 KB)

Volunteer Performance Evaluation Template (196 KB)

Standards and Boundaries When Working With Children (173 KB)

Volunteer/Visitor Incident Report (102 KB)

Volunteer/Visitor Accident Report (166 KB)