Policy on Sexual Harassment / Misconduct
Catholic HEART Workcamp has dedicated itself to fully upholding the U.S. Bishops Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. CHWC is committed to providing a safe environment for every camper. Parents, Youth Ministers, teenagers, young adults and adult leaders can be guaranteed CHWC is concerned with the well-being, safety, and protection of every camper.
Due to the increased sensitivity in regards to sexual harassment and misconduct, CHWC requires all chaperones and youth (18 and older) attending a CHWC camp to successfully complete any and all Sexual Abuse Prevention policies and training set forth by their Parish and Diocese.
Please review the following carefully:
Catholic HEART Workcamp:
Requires, and will provide, all Youth Ministers/Contact Leaders with a Verification Agreement Form that requires all campers 18 and older complete the requirements of their Parish and its Diocese in regard to their sexual abuse risk prevention policies, training, and background checks. This form will be provided by CHWC and must be signed by the Youth Minister/ Contact Leader and Pastor and must be notarized by a Public Notary. The Verification Agreement Form must be returned to CHWC by May 1st.
- If your diocese already requires a background check and your adults have been approved, you will simply need to sign and return the Verification Agreement Form stating that all participants 18 and older have been checked.
- If your Diocese does not require a background check, Catholic HEART Workcamp will require a background check for all participants 18 and older.
Requires all young adults (18 – 20) to be placed in their own work teams (with an adult) and not with teenagers 17 years or younger.
Requires all summer staff employees to have a background check prior to being hired by CHWC.
Requires all summer camp staff to make available personal information, references and recommendations from a Priest/Youth Minister for employment.
Sexual misconduct is defined as unwanted or unwelcome behavior of a sexual nature and can occur when it is directed at members of the same or opposite gender. Including, but not limited to:
- Written words or verbal comments of a sexual nature
- Sexually motivated or inappropriate physical contact
- Sharing or bragging about ones sexual experiences
- Pressure for sexual activity
- Pornographic photography or video
Sexual Misconduct of any type is not tolerated! All reports of Sexual Misconduct are taken seriously and will be reported. If a camper has any concerns about the behavior or remarks from another camper (adult, young adult or teen) he or she is urged to tell the CHWC Staff or a trusted adult.
As an organization, CHWC has developed procedures and policies to deal with sexual misconduct. When a complaint or allegation is brought to the attention of the camp director/manager/staff member, the following procedures will be set in motion:
- When a complaint comes forward, the accuser and the youth minister will meet with a CHWC representative to discuss the incident.
- If the accusation is credible, the parents and the pastor of the accuser will be contacted by the youth minister. A CHWC representative will contact our Safety Environment Specialist and notify the proper authorities.
- CHWC will create a safe place for the accuser until proper authorities arrive.
- The home parish of the accuser will be notified. The accused will meet with a CHWC representative and the youth minister. The accused will then be removed from camp property in the company of an adult from his/her parish until the proper authorities deem it safe and appropriate for him/her to return to camp.
- Authorities will direct CHWC on continued action.