In 2002, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops developed and approved the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People along with Essential Norms and Statement of Episcopal Commitment. The Charter was revised in 2005.
In compliance with this charter, the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis implemented the Protection of Children and Youth Initiative (PCYI) with the singular goal of creating safe environments for all children. The initiative has two components:
- Training for clergy, teachers, volunteers and others who work with children.
- Age appropriate, church-approved safe environment curriculum for children in Catholic schools, faith formation, and youth ministry programs.
Programs offered at the Church of St. Patrick include “Net Smartz” for children through grade 5, “Passwords” for grades 6-8, and “Creating Safe and Sacred Places” for high school youth.
For more information, visit the Archdiocese website at http://www.archspm.org/departments/pcyi/index.php