Office for the Protection of Children and Youth - Diocese of Cleveland

The Office for the Protection of Children and Youth

We welcome you to this website for the protection of children and youth.

Policy for the Safety of Children/Standards of Ministry (Updated)

Promulgation Letter from Bishop Richard Lennon - June 2016

Promulgation Procedure Memo - June 2016

Policy for the Safety of Children in Matters of Sexual Abuse - Revised June 2016

Standards of Conduct For Ministry- Revised June 2016

In-Service Videos

Background Check Trainings and Updates (May 2017)

Webinar 1 - Applicant Entry Process via the VIRTUS and Fastrax Integration

Webinar 2 - Admin options related to reporting via Virtus and Fastrax

Webinar Handout

Report Abuse:
To report any past or present suspected inappropriate behavior toward children by priests, deacons, religious, lay ecclesial ministers, or personnel associated with the Church, please contact the Diocesan Response Service at: (216) 334-2999 or

Download list of County Hotlines to report abuse or neglect.pdf

Terence Flanagan, Victim Assistance Coordinator
Work Phone:  216-334-2958; Fax: 216-334-2983
Response Services:  216-334-2999
Catholic Charities Parish &  Community Ministries
7911 Detroit Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44102

Sharon M. Minson, Director
1404 East Ninth Street
Cleveland, Ohio 44114
(216) 696-6525 ext. 1157