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Protecting Our Children

The suffering of those who have endured the evil of child sexual abuse is never far from my thoughts and is held deeply in my prayer. I again pledge myself to remain vigilant in making our faith environment a safe environment for all. Your active participation in these efforts is a source of strength and encouragement to me.

— Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley, Ofm Cap.

The dedicated efforts of lay leaders, parishioners, religious sisters and brothers, and clergy continue to build a culture of safety and protection for all children. Over the past ten years these efforts have included:

  • Training over 140,000 children in personal safety skills.
  • Annually conducting over 55,000 CORI background checks for clergy, volunteers, educators, parish staff, school staff and athletic coaches.
  • Training 1700 laity to serve as Child Abuse Prevention Team (CAP) members in parishes across the Archdiocese.
  • Educating 74,000 clergy, teachers, employees, and volunteers in child abuse prevention strategies.
  • Providing parents with resources pertaining to educating children in personal safety.
  • Outreach to clergy sexual abuse survivors and their families through the Office of Pastoral Support and Outreach.

“Let the children come to me and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” —Luke 18:16

Monthly safety notices can be viewed here. For further information, please contact the Archdiocese of Boston Office of Pastoral Support & Child Protection at 781-746-5994 or visit the program at

Additional Links

U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops-Child and Youth Protection


Massachusetts Department of Children and Families


Policies and Procedures for the Protection of Children-RCAB

Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting-Massachusetts DCF