A safe environment protects our children from harm, including sexual abuse and child molestation. It allows them to feel confident and secure in the classroom and at church.

The National Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People is a landmark document announced by the U.S. Conference of Bishops in 2002. The document is a response to the sexual abuse crisis in the Church and is their "Promise to Protect, Pledge to Heal."

Article 12 of the Charter mandates that all dioceses and parishes establish safe environment programs to help protect children from sexual abuse and child molestation. It will make clear to clergy and all members of the community the standards of conduct for clergy and other persons in positions of trust with regard to sexual abuse. This guideline is the basis for the Diocese of Springfield's safe environment program.

Safe Environment Forms
For current Safe Environment forms, please contact Alison Smith at or (217) 698-8500 ext. 162.
USCCB’s Protection of Children & Young People
The USCCB committee provides the bishops of the United States with comprehensive planning and recommendations concerning child and youth protection, in coordination with the National Review Board, as dictated by the National Charter.

List of clergy with substantiated allegations of sexual abuse of a minor

The Diocese of Springfield is committed to continue our efforts to work in partnership with local agancies to prevent any type of abuse. For information on how to report any child or adult sexual abuse or misconduct, any financial misconduct, or abuse or misconduct by Bishops, please click on the report abuse button. We also seek to bring about healing where abuse has occurred.

Meet Our Team

Maggie Koester
Human Resources Assistant
Colleen Richardson
Safe Environment