The Diocese of Syracuse is committed to working with civil authorities to protect children, young people, and vulnerable adults and to report alleged incidents of abuse consistent with our policy.
Who Must Report?
Any clergy, religious, diocesan/parish employee or volunteer, including those who do not work or volunteer with children, young people, or vulnerable adults, who has reason to believe or suspects that any child, young person, or vulnerable adult has been the victim of physical abuse, sexual abuse, sexual assault or neglect shall make a report to the appropriate civil authorities and to the Diocesan Victim Assistance Coordinator.
To Whom Should Reports Be Made?
It is every adult's moral responsibility to protect children and youth from abuse or neglect by reporting to the appropriate authorities.
If there is an immediate danger, call 911.
To report known or suspected neglect or abuse of a minor (under age 18), call the New York State Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-342-3720.
To report known or suspected neglect or abuse of a vulnerable adult, call the Vulnerable Persons Central Register Hotline: 1-855-373-2122.
If 911 and/or the Child Abuse/Vulnerable Adult hotline has been called regarding present or past sexual abuse or sexual assault allegedly by any clergy, religious, diocesan/parish employee or volunteer, contact the Diocesan Victim Assistance Coordinator at 315-470-1465 who will initiate diocesan procedures.
For instructions on how to report a recent incident, click here.
Memorandum of Understanding
The Diocese of Syracuse believes in the dignity of all children, young people, and vulnerable adults and reasserts its condemnation of child abuse. Originating from this belief, the Diocese of Syracuse entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the elected District Attorneys of the seven (7) counties within the geographic jurisdiction of the diocese. The purpose of this was to create and implement a consistent policy and reporting protocol with regard to sexual misconduct and abuse of minors by all members of the clergy and religious under the auspices of the Diocese of Syracuse.
The Memorandum of Understanding can be read by clicking here.