With the 2011 revision of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, together the United States Bishops and the Diocese of Fairbanks re-affirm our deep commitment to creating a safe environment within the Church for children and youth. Therefore the following policies stem from our commitment to the protection of young people and our desire to stand in solidarity with them as we minister to their multi-faceted development in faith.
While not every situation or combination of events can be addressed in a policy manual, what follows are the foundational precepts by which ministry to youth can be offered in a safe and sound manner. When an unforeseen event arises that may deviate from these policies, adult leaders and chaperones are encouraged to first address the immediate concern and to notify the Office of Youth and Young Adult ministry as soon as possible for clarification and advice.
All adult leaders in ministry are reminded that because of their role as Church Personnel, they have the responsibility to conduct themselves in a way that is beyond reproach and always in the best interests of the young people.