In November 2002, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) adopted the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People (the “Charter”) to assure a safer environment for children and young people and to express the responsibility of all to care for and reach out to the victims of sexual abuse and their families. In 2011, the Charter was revised to emphasis the deep commitment of the Bishops to creating a safe environment and preventing the sexual abuse of minors. Within the framework of the Charter, the Archdiocesan Safe Environment Program was developed. Please click here to learn more information about the Charter on the website of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City or the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
All persons who would like to work or volunteer at Sacred Heart Catholic School must complete the protocol. The protocol includes the following: a completed application, three reference checks, a criminal background check, a read and signed Code of Conduct, Safe Environment Training session and an interview with the school principal. All items in the protocol must be successfully completed before an applicant is permitted to work or volunteer in the school.
Under Oklahoma State law, all individuals MUST report an incident or suspicion of child abuse of a minor (person under 18 years of age) to the civil authorities. The Oklahoma Department of Human Services has established a statewide abuse reporting hotline for reporting: 1-800-522-3511. The number is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you feel a child is in immediate danger of harm call 911.