Protecting God’s Children- Safe Environment
The Diocese of Reno is committed to the safety of our children and vulnerable adults.
We are in full compliance with the Dallas Charter and remain diligent in maintaining this compliance.
Through the "Protecting God's Children" program we train all adults who are employed as well as those who volunteer within our parishes and agencies who have contact with children. This training helps all to be more aware of how to protect children and vulnerable adults, and also the possible warning signs of abuse and neglect.
As well, each year all children within our Religious Education programs and within our schools are provided the opportunity to participate in Personal Safety.
Together, all of us working together, can help to create safe environments in our parish, schools, facilities and even beyond.
If you suspect a child or vulnerable adult has been harmed by a Church employee or volunteer, first report the incident to the local law enforcement in the County in which the incident occurred. Then please call the Victim’s Advocates:
Eastern Nevada: Marilyn Janka 775-753-9542
Western Nevada: David Caloiaro 775-450-3618
Diocesan Victim Assistance Office: 1-844-669-8911
Please provide a phone number so that a return call can be made by a Victim’s Advocate. If you suspect any child or vulnerable adult has been harmed in any situation by any person, please contact the local civil authorities immediately. Let them judge the situation.
It is the Policy of the Diocese of Reno that All Employees and all Volunteers who have any access to children must submit to a background check and take the Virtus Training Awareness Session.
Documents for Background Checks for volunteers or employees can be downloaded by clicking on the appropriate document on the bottom of the page
PLEASE NOTE: The form says “consumer reports” but it is NOT a credit report. It is purely a background check. PLEASE communicate this to all volunteers and employees.
When completed, forms can be scanned and sent electronically to email@example.com, FAXED to 1-775-284-4374, or Mailed to: Elda Juarez, Diocese of Reno Safe Environment, 290 S. Arlington Ave. Reno, NV 89501
For upcoming Awareness Sessions in Protecting God’s Children for Adults, please scroll down to the calendar section to view dates, times and locations. Please register online at Virtusonline.org . If you do not have access to the internet, you may call Elda at 775-326-9445.
Necessary Documents – See Section Below
Diocese of Reno Review Board
for the Protection of Children & Young People
The Purpose of the Review Board is to Advise and Counsel the Bishop on matters that involvement allegations of abuse of minors and vulnerable adults. The Board meets normally twice per year to review Diocesan Policy and Compliance to the Dallas Charter, then will meet when called if an allegation has been made.
The Members of the Diocesan Review Board are: Mrs Margaret Graham, Mr. Bill Bauer, Mrs. Marna Zachry, Mrs. Joanne Baird, Mr, Mike Dyer, Ms Rota Rosaschi (Chair), Mrs. Joanne Parelli, Mr. Stacy Hill.
Ex-officio members are: Bishop Randolph R. Calvo, Fr. Charles Durante (VG), Fr. Joseph Abraham (JV), Fr. Robert Chorey(Chancellor), Mrs. Karen Barreras, Superintendent of Schools.
September 4th, 2018
RESOLUTION OF THE DIOCESAN REVIEW BOARD DIOCESE OF RENO
Whereas the Grand Jury Report investigating clergy sex abuse of minors in six dioceses in Pennsylvania has been released and concludes that clergy had been credibly accused of sexually abusing child victims, and that church authorities mishandled those incidents; and,
Whereas this report is painful for all to read and describes the terrible devastation of sexual abuse by church ministers; and,
Whereas the Bishop of Reno is impelled to review our commitment as a diocese to safeguard all minors and vulnerable adults; and,
Whereas the Diocese of Reno has in place protocols and procedures for reporting abuse to law enforcement, including background checks for any adults working or volunteering with youth, ongoing training in awareness and prevention of abuse for adults and children, and policies to ensure appropriate interactions with youth and adults in all programs; and,
Whereas the Bishop of Reno has asked the Diocesan Review Board to conduct a full review of all protocols, practices and policies of the Diocese to determine how effectively the current protocols, practices, and policies are being implemented and followed, to ensure and improve the Diocesan commitment to children and vulnerable adults; and,
Whereas, the Diocesan Review Board has been asked by the Bishop to review the mechanisms of accountability for anyone who holds a position of authority and responsibility within the Diocese of Reno.
Therefore it is resolved by the Diocesan Review Board, by unanimous vote at its Board Meeting on August 29, 2018, to conduct a full review as requested by the Bishop. This review will commence immediately, and a written and published report will be made when the Board completes the review.
Rota Rosaschi, Chair
Diocesan Review Board of Reno
Click on the following documents to download and print.
- To Report Sexual Abuse
- Victim Review Board
- Letter from Bishop Calvo on Protecting God’s Children
- Revised Policy on Sexual Misconduct
- Child Abuse Reporting
- Elder Abuse Reporting
- Background Check Rights
- Virtus Protecting God’s Children Tri-Fold
- Virtus Online Registration Instructions
- Poliza sobre de Mala conducta
- Revised Policy on Sexual
- Informes de abuso infantil
- Informes de abuso de personas mayores y vulnerables
- Virtus Un Plan para Proteger a los Ninos de Dios follet
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