Protection of Children

The Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People is a comprehensive set of procedures established by the USCCB in June 2002 for addressing allegations of sexual abuse of minors by Catholic clergy. The Charter also includes guidelines for reconciliation, healing, accountability, and prevention of future acts of abuse. 

The Charter directs action in all the following matters:

  • Creating a safe environment for children and young people;
  • Healing and reconciliation of victims and survivors;
  • Making prompt and effective response to allegations;
  • Cooperating with civil authorities;
  • Disciplining offenders;
  • Providing for means of accountability for the future to ensure the problem continues to be effectively dealt with through a national Secretariat of Child and Youth Protection and a National Review Board.
  • Directs each Diocese to have a Victim Assistance Coordinator, a person to which anyone who has experienced abuse by Diocesan personnel can call to report their abuse. 
    • The Victim Assistance Coordinator for the Archdiocese of Dubuque is Dr. Thomas Ottavi (563-584-3000)
As part of this charter, the Archdiocesan Office of the Protection of God's Children requires us to provide parents information about topics pertaining to the sexual abuse of children. Please find below articles about the topic that might be of interest to all people, not just parents.
Ten Prevention Practices You May Not Have Considered  
Practical Advice For Parents on Preventing Child Abuse 
Cyberbullying: What is it, What Harm Does it Do, and What Can Adults do to Help 
Child Sexual Abuse Protection Begins With Adults
Before You Send a Young Person a "Friend Request"
Instagram: Photo and Video Posting Dangers for Young People
Self-Esteem in Children
Cyberbullying—What is it, What Harm Does it Do and What Can Adults Do to Help?, Part Two



Pornography Consuming our children

Facebook: Is it Still Cool Among Young People?

Human Trafficking: Dispelling Ten Myths

Practical Strategies to Protect Your Family's Social Media Presence

Sexting: What you Need to Know, What You can Do



Sex Trafficking is Everyone's Problem\

Helping Children Stay Safe: What Parents and Educators
Can Learn From Child Victimization Research


Preventing Cyberbullying in online gaming pt 1

Preventing Cyberbullying in online gaming pt 2

Pokemon Go and Social Networking: Can we do more to protect our children?

Do You Know Lacy? Human trafficking of minors.

Is Your Child Ready for the Internet and Social Media?

A brochure explaining the Archdiocese's Plan to Protect Children