CHILD ABUSE | OLM

RESPONDING TO AN ALLEGATION OF SUSPECTED CHILD ABUSE

Procedures for Pastoral Response and Mandated Reporting of
Any Allegation of Abuse or Neglect of a Minor

HOTLINES

800-540-4000 - Los Angeles County Child Protection
310-456-6652 - Malibu Lost Hills Sheriff
800-754-7600 - Ventura County Child Protection
800-367-0166 - Santa Barbara County Child Protection
800-272-6699 - TDD Hearing Impaired Child Protection

SUPPORT

213-637-7650 - Archdiocesan Victim Assistance Ministry

How to call in a verbal report:

- Ask the name/phone number of the Hotline staff
- Ask the 19-digit referral number of the verbal report from the Hotline staff
- Ask the mailing address to file a hard copy report, if not completing the verbal report online.

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Pope Francis

(in an address to the Bishops assembled in Philadelphia)

"I commit myself to the zealous watchfulness of the Church to protect minors, and I promise that all those responsible will be held accountable."


Under federal and state law, mandated reporting is required when the victim is currently a minor and/or if there is reason to suspect that the alleged abuser has access to minors.

If the victim is not currently a minor but has experienced sexual abuse by clergy, employee or volunteer, get all the Basic Facts (see below) and call the Archdiocesan Victim Assistance Ministry to make a non-mandated report and to arrange for outreach for the victim.



~~~~~ First and foremost LISTEN compassionately, validate the courage of the person making the report, and express regret for any pain the reporting person may be feeling. ~~~~~


Basic Facts: Name(s) / address(es) / phone number(s)
- Victim
- Alleged Perpetrator
- Person Making the Report
- Witness(es) (if available)
Compile the Basic Facts on what is readily available.
Do not investigate the incident.

CONSIDER: Ask the person(s) making the allegation to join you when you call the report. If the reporting person is an adult, encourage him/her to also report the allegation directly.

DOCUMENT: Within 36 hours of receiving information about alleged child abuse, you must complete the Suspected Child Abuse Form (SS8572) or visit Form SS8572 for a hard copy to file a written report.

If the Hotline staff decline to take the verbal report, ask for his/her name and ID/badge number. Write this information on the hard copy, with a note "declined to take verbal report", date and time of call. Ask for a supervisor if you feel the verbal report should not be declined.

Keep a copy of the report for your records, and please email a copy/scan to Victims Assistance Ministry - S.D. Healy.

OUTREACH: Call the Archdiocesan Victim Assistance Ministry at 213-637-7650 for information on counseling and other resources for the victim(s) and/or family, and the reporting person(s).

Offer reassurance, hope, and continued support.



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