The Diocese of Manchester has comprehensive policies and procedures in place to protect minors as well as adults.
The main documents that outline these policies are the Promise to Protect, Pledge to Heal Policy for the Protection of Children (“Policy”) and the Serving Christ, Serving Others Code of Ministerial Conduct (“Code”).
The Code clarifies the general ethical principles that are expected of Church personnel in order to ensure integrity in ministry and sets forth the process for handling violations of these principals. The Code includes general standards for ethical and moral behavior, including preventing sexual harassment, standards for working with minors, and standards for spiritual and pastoral counseling relationships.
The Policy is more specifically focused on preventing, investigating, and remedying sexual abuse of minors and requires that Church personnel comply with state law and enhanced reporting with respect to suspected sexual abuse of minors..
The Code and Policy were first promulgated by Bishop John B. McCormack on December 29, 2003. The Code and Policy are reviewed and revised every four years through a process that involves broad consultation and were updated effective March 19, 2007, May 1, 2011, and again on May 1, 2015.
Code & Policy
Other Policies and Guidelines
Emergency Plan - Parish Faith Formation Programs
Electronic Communications Policy (includes Social Networking Guidelines)