The Diocese of Birmingham has long recognized that children, youth and other vulnerable persons can be at risk from certain individuals present in every community. Individuals who for whatever reason, prey on those weaker than themselves. We recognize that whenever children and youth are out of their parent’s direct care they are especially at risk. As such, in 1991 a set of policies and procedures were instituted to help ensure that Catholic institutions and programs would be as safe as possible from those seeking to harm minors. Training sessions have been implemented to prepare staff and volunteers to continue their ministries in a safe and healthy environment and to properly respond and report allegations of suspected child abuse. Policies, procedures and training continue to change and grow as the needs of Catholic institutions have changed. All faculty, staff and volunteers must have completed Youth Protection training in accordance with the Bishop’s Charter in order to serve our learning community in any capacity. In addition, we have a strict no bullying policy and maintain vigilant monitoring of school grounds and all school entrances to ensure that our students are safe, happy and provided with the best possible environment to learn and pray each day.