Safe Environments Overview


Read an overview of Safe Environments (PDF)


For questions or concerns relating to Safe Environments, Background Checks, VIRTUS Awareness Training, Resources for Victims of Abuse or Mandated Reporting, please contact

Erin Neil
(203) 416-1406
(203) 650-3265
eneil@diobpt.org


To schedule a VIRTUS facilitator to come onsite to conduct a live training at your school or parish

Bernadette Griffin, Safe Environment Program Assistant
Office (203) 416-1650
Cell (475) 988-5366
bgriffen@diobpt.org

Welcome    Contact    Safe Environment Training (VIRTUS Registration & Re-Certification)    Dallas Charter

Q & A    Essential Norms    2015 Safe Environments Handbook    Report an Incident    Background Checks   

Mandated Reporting    Updates    List of Accused Clerics    Continuing Education Opportunities   

The Diocese of Bridgeport
Office of Safe Environments
Steps for Reporting an Incident of Abuse


All Members of the Clergy, Seminarians, Religious sisters and Brothers, Lay employees, Volunteers and Independent contractors are required to report any suspicion of sexual abuse, other abuse or a violation of the Code of Conduct.

If you have actual knowledge of or have reasonable cause to suspect abuse or misconduct against any minor by a member of the Clergy, Seminarian, Lay Employee, Lay Volunteer or Independent Contractor of the Diocese of Bridgeport, (whether the incident occurred recently or in the past) report that information immediately to:

Erin Neil, L.C.S.W.
Director of Safe Environments & Victim Assistance Coordinator
(203) 650-3265

Michael Tintrup L.C.S.W.
(203) 241-0987

CT Department of Children and Family (D.C.F.) Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline
1(800) 842-2288
Mandated Reporters are required by law to report directly to D.C.F. or to the Police (911).

This information is in addition to CT mandated reporting guidelines. You must also notify your immediate supervisor. If the incident of suspected abuse involves a supervisor, contact Safe Environments directly.


Warning Signs

If you have any concern about the safety of a child or if you have observed an early warning sign of inappropriate conduct or violation of the Diocese of Bridgeport Code of Conduct, you should report this information to Safe Environments immediately. When in doubt, REPORT!!!  Call immediately with what you know. Your information will be handled with a high level of confidentiality at all times however full anonymity can not be guaranteed in cases involving abuse of a minor.


Other Important Numbers

For questions or concerns relating to Safe Environments, Background Checks, VIRTUS Awareness Training, Resources for Victims of Abuse or Mandated Reporting, please contact:

Erin Neil
(203) 416-1406
(203) 650-3265
eneil@diobpt.org

To schedule a VIRTUS facilitator to come onsite to conduct a live training at your school or parish:

Bernadette Griffin, Safe Environment Program Assistant
Office (203) 416-1650
Cell (475) 988-5366
bgriffen@diobpt.org