The Diocese of Victoria wishes to ensure that the dignity of all persons is respected within our parishes and schools. This encompasses its programs and facilities, those we serve, particularly the young and the vulnerable as well as those who serve; clergy, religious, employees and volunteers in general. The Diocese, furthermore, upholds the fundamental good of all that God has created yet it recognizes the reality that within our humanity there is always the possibility of misconduct towards others. These policies are meant to assist the Church in responding with charity and justice.
Greg Beattie serves as Responsible Ministry & Safe Environment Coordinator.
How Do I Report Suspected Abuse?
Any cleric, religious, employee or volunteer who has reason to believe that a child or vulnerable adult may be abused, neglected or is for any other reason in need of protection, must first report this to a child protection social worker. Please refer to The Child, Family and Community Service Act (www.mcf.gov.bc.ca) or the MCFD handbook: “Responding to Child Welfare Concern: Your Role in Knowing When and What to Report”.
Reports of suspected child abuse can be phoned in to: 1 800 663-9122
If a child is in immediate danger call police at 911.
If you are a child or youth call the Helpline for Children at 310-1234.
Report suspected abuse of a vulnerable adult to police or Victim Link BC: 250-310-1234.
Subject to the advice of the appropriate authorities, the person reporting suspected abuse should also report this information to the DRM, at 1-250-479-1331, extension 223. This confidential voice mailbox is checked regularly. An Incident Report Form must also be submitted. This form can be found here.