Creating a Safe Environment

To comply with the USCCB Charter and Norms, the Diocese of Knoxville’s Safe Environment program requires employees and volunteers to:

• Both pass a background check and sign the DOK Sexual Misconduct Policy prior to beginning work or volunteering.
• Attend a Protecting God’s Children session within 30 days of beginning employment or volunteering. Click here to register.

Diocesan policies and procedures related to creating a Safe Environment:

Diocesan Policy and Procedures Relating to Sexual Misconduct. (en Español)
Code of Pastoral Conduct for Priests, Deacons, Pastoral ministers, Administrators, Staff, and Volunteers.
Policy for Responding to Allegations of Sexual Abuse of a Minor.
Diocesan Review Board Bylaws.
Letter from Bishop Stika recommitting  to complying with the diocese’s Policy and Procedures Relating to Sexual Misconduct

Safe Environment FAQ – Frequently asked questions about the safe environment program. (en Español)

Report Sexual Abuse –  Diocese of Knoxville procedure for reporting sexual abuse.

More information about Safe Environment, including the Child Protection Curriculum can be found here.