The Office of Child & Youth Protection is responsible for assisting Bishop Deeley in the Diocese of Portland's efforts to combat and prevent child sexual abuse. Under the direction of Thom Meschinelli, Director for Safe Environment, the Office of Child and Youth Protection is responsible for:
- Coordinating the implementation of the Diocese’s Safe Environment Training Programs including:
- Protecting God’s Children — a program designed to educate adults on how to recognize the warning signs that might indicate that a child is being abused. This program also addresses how sexual predators behave and describes, in detail, how predators groom children prior to the actual attempt to abuse. Click here and select Department / Protecting God's Children Program for the latest schedule of sessions
- Think First Stay Safe (Child Lures Prevention) — a program designed to educate both parents and children on the different ways that sexual predators behave and how children can best protect themselves from being abused. For information about Child Lures Prevention contact you local parish office or Catholic school principal. Lesson Plan: Grades K-2 / Lesson Plan: Grades 3-5
- Performing Criminal Background checks, Department of Human Services Background checks and Motor Vehicle checks on all Clergy, Employees and Volunteers who work with children on a regular basis.
Click here for safe environment forms.
Click on the calendar of events to find a Protecting God's Children training session.