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Social Networking Policy

Provide current guidelines and requirements to help create respectful and safe virtual and digital environments for parishes and schools within the Archdiocese of Milwuakee. This policy applies to social media apps, electronic and digital communication, social networking websites, and websites.

Social media and digital communication has become part of how our parishes, schools, and ministries communicate, market, and minister.  It is important for us to be responsible users of technology and work to maintain safe environments in our digital and virtual interactions with children and youth. 

Effective July 1, 2020, the Archdiocese of Milwaukee Social Media and Digital Communication Policy has been updated to provide current guidelines and requirements to help create respectful and safe virtual and digital environments for our parishes and schools.  This policy applies to social media apps, electronic and digital communication, social networking websites, and websites.  

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Social Media & Digital Communication Policy

Instructions for Reviewing and Acknowledging Policy

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Social Media & Digital Communication Policy

Instructions for Reviewing and Acknowledging Policy

 

Additional Resources for Social Media & Digital Communication are available.

NetSmartz

Faithandsafety.org

Tips for Keeping Children Safe Online ( English) (Spanish)

Promise to Protect, Pledge to Heal

The Archdiocese of Milwaukee is committed to maintaining safe environments for children to learn, pray, and grow.  Our Safe Environment Office supports our parishes and schools and maintains the compliance of our archdiocese in our Promise to Protect, Pledge to Heal

Every priest, deacon, parish or school staff member, teacher and lay minister that is employed by a parish or school and any volunteer working with minors in our archdiocese is required to meet three requirements:

1-Attend a Safe Environment Education Session.  This is a child abuse and maltreatment prevention program that must be attended in person. The current curriculum taught in this session is Circle of Care by the Archdiocese of Omaha. 

2-Pass a Criminal Background Check. This check is done at the start of employment or beginning volunteering with minors and must be done every five (5) years subsequently.  The criminal background check is conducted through the CMG Connect portal.  The criminal background check reports are reviewed and certified through the collaboration of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee Safe Environment Office and parish/school Safe Environment coordinators.  

3-Sign the Code of Ethical Standards for Church Leaders Link to Code of Ethical Standards.  This code of conduct provides volunteers and employees with expectations and guidelines for how they interact with and conduct themselves in ministry. This code must be signed prior to beginning volunteering or working in a parish or school and is reviewed every five (5) years subsequently.  

As Catholics, we are all tasked with participating in ensuring that every child is able to feel safe in our parishes and schools. In addition to our safe environment requirements for adults, the Archdiocese of Milwaukee requires all parish religious education programs and Catholic schools to provide instruction on personal safety and abuse prevention in age-appropriate lessons for all children in grades kindergarten through twelfth grade enrolled in their programs.  Parishes and schools are required to annually report their compliance with this requirement.  

We invite you to explore what we are doing at the archdiocesan level, at the parish level, and what we ask of every adult  in our parishes to do to help us maintain a Safe Environment to remember our past, protect our present and hope for our future. 

Charter Compliance

The Charter is a comprehensive set of procedures established by the USCCB in June 2002 for addressing allegations of sexual abuse of minors by Catholic clergy. 

Available in English and Spanish

Pastors, Principals and Coordinators

Information for pastors, principals, and Safe Environment coordinators relating to policies, requirements and compliance. 

Educator Resources

Recommended concepts and safe environment curriculum for principals, religious education directors, teachers and catechists.

Mandatory Reporting

In the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, all clergy, staff, and volunteers working with children are trained in how recognize the signs of abuse and where to report abuse.

Code of Ethical Standards

The Code contains standards that help to delineate boundaries by which ethical questions can be evaluated.

Social Media & Digital Communication

When using these technologies, every effort must be made to create and maintain safe and secure environments.

Overnight Trips with Minors

Parishes and/or schools are responsible for the safety of the young people participating in overnight trips. Please use these policies to ensure safe environments when planning any overnight events involving minors.

Child Abuse Prevention Month

During April, we highlight one week as Safe Environment Week so that everyone can simultaneously focus on abuse prevention, including the archdiocesan initiatives that are already underway. 

Resources

Additional prayers, letters, instructions, requirements and flyers from the Safe Environment Office. 

Reporting Abuse

The Archdiocese of Milwaukee has partnered with Convercent, a third-party company, to administer an online service to report misconduct​.  

If you or someone you know is being abused or you suspect abuse is occurring, contact your local law enforcement department immediately. Any instance of abuse involving a person currently under 18 years of age (minor) should immediately be reported to the civil authorities. Locate the civil authorities in the 10 counties of the archdiocese.

If you or someone you know was abused as a minor by clergy or church personnel, call your local police, sheriff or district attorney’s office to file a criminal report.

Reports can also be made to the Victim Assistance Coordinator who is available to support abuse survivors.  A formal complaint of abuse can be made to the archdiocese by calling the Victim Assistance Coordinator at 414-758-2232.

An alternative way to make a formal report regarding sexual abuse for those not wanting to contact the archdiocese is available to you 24 hours a day/7 days a week through the Healing Center website or by calling 414-219-5555.

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