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St. Joseph is a beautiful community with faithful and dedicated parishioners. In order to keep our community a safe haven, all volunteers must apply and be cleared. Please help our employees, ministry leaders, event leaders and organization leaders in making sure that this requirement is met. We need to work together to ensure the safety of our children, vulnerable and elderly.

If you have any questions, please contact me at 520-747-3100.

Peace, Eileen Kuns, Compliance Officer.

 

Response to Signs of Abuse

 

 

The Diocese of Tucson under the leadership of Bishop Weisenburger remains committed to protecting our community against all forms of abuse and responding appropriately. The mission of the Diocese of Tucson "Safe Environment Program" is to ensure the safety of children, young people, and the vulnerable who have been entrusted to our care in our parishes, schools, religious education classes, and other programs.

 We pursue this mission in the following ways:

  • By thoroughly screening and supervising all members of the clergy (priests and deacons), as well as all employees and volunteers who work with children and young people and the vulnerable as part of their ministry.

  • By providing appropriate training in recognizing and reporting child/adult abuse to appropriate civil and Church authorities.

  • By holding all members of the clergy, employees, and volunteers who work with children, young people, and the vulnerable to Christ-centered and professional codes of conduct.

  • By following Arizona's Mandatory Reporting laws.


 

NOTE: effective July 1, 2020, renewals for high-risk volunteers and employees will be required every three (3) years. Paper requests will no longer be necessary or accepted. Requests for renewal of the criminal history check must be submitted by the individual whose clearance is due to expire, no later than 90 days prior to the expiration of the clearance. If an individual’s clearance has expired, the volunteer or employee must re-apply as a new applicant rather than a renewal. This will require the submission of a new fingerprint card for processing since Arizona law now requires the submission of a new card for each request. Renewals will not be expedited. 

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT OUR COMPLIANCE OFFICER:

Eileen Kuns

 520-747-3100 

ekuns@stjosephtucsonaz.org

Response to Signs of Abuse

 

1. Any cleric, consecrated religious, employee or volunteer of the parish is expected to report reasonable suspicion of abuse of any minor, consistent with the mandatory reporting law of the State of Arizona.

 

2. The dual reporting protocol is recommended, in which reports are made both to local law enforcement (by calling

9-1-1) and to Department of Child Services (888-SOS-CHILD or 888-767-2445). The latter call is especially important if a parent, guardian or other family member is the suspected perpetrator of abuse.

 

3. It is also mandatory to make a report of reasonable suspicion of abuse, exploitation or neglect of an elder or an adult considered under the law to be vulnerable. Call Adult Protective Services (877-SOS-ADULT or 877-767-2385). In case of emergency, call law enforcement (9-1-1).

 

4. The person making the report should write out a succinct summary of what gave rise to the concern and when/to whom the report was made.

 

5. The person making the report should inform the pastor and the compliance officer, who should also keep a log of the report and of follow up actions taken at the direction of these agencies or otherwise.

 

6. After a report is made, the Office of Child, Adolescent and Adult Protection (OCAAP) of the Diocese of Tucson must be notified (520-792-3410, ext. 1013) and supplied with a copy of the summary/log created.

 

7. Suspected abuse of a minor or vulnerable adult or any other criminal behavior is not the only situation in which action is expected. Any suspected or observed

           a. violation of the norms of appropriate or prudent conduct,

           b. with minors, vulnerable adults or any adult with whom a cleric, religious, employee or volunteer is in a                               ministerial relationship,

           c. as established in the Code of Conduct and/or the Guidelines for the Prevention of and Response to Sexual                         Misconduct,

           d. should be reported to the Pastor and/or the Compliance Representative.

 

8. If an adult reports sexual misconduct when he or she was a minor by a priest, deacon, or any worker in the church, no matter how long ago it is reported to have occurred, a report will be made to the OCAAP, which will make a report to the Pima County Attorney’s Office.

 

9. The person making such a report should be encouraged to report it independently to the Pima County Attorney’s Office or to local law enforcement. If the individual would like to have counseling assistance, he or she should be instructed to call the Victim Assistance Program (800-234-0344).

 

10. An adult making any other kind of report of sexual abuse as a minor should be encouraged to make an independent report to law enforcement.

 

11. All such complaints will be investigated internally and reported to the Department of Human Resources and/or the Office of Child, Adolescent and Adult Protection of the Diocese of Tucson. This aspect of the policy includes any inappropriate behavior, dress, attitude, language, or improper use of the computer.

 

12. The purpose of a report is not to summarily judge the person suspected of inappropriate conduct; it is to initiate an internal investigation that will make clear what actually happened. Therefore, as much as possible, confidentiality    (beyond those with a genuine “need to know”) with respect to the person accuse should be maintained.

 

13. In addition, as much as possible, the identity of the person making the allegation should be protected; however, in the course of many investigations it is necessary to directly or indirectly reveal the identity of the person making the report in  order to allow the accused to make a response.

 

14. The results of the investigation will either clear the individual against whom the allegation has been made or point to  what type of corrective action must be undertaken to prevent harm to those served, to the individual accused and to the parish.

 

15. It is a difficult thing to make a report. For that reason, it is important to be clear that any person making a good faith report will not be subject to any adverse consequences. No retaliatory action of any kind should be tolerated.

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