The Archdiocese of Indianapolis provides these guidelines for clergy, religious, and laity who are employees or volunteers working in and on behalf of its schools or parishes, and other archdiocesan programs or agencies which engage in ministry to minors.
Minors are dependent on adults, particularly adults in positions of trust and leadership. It is vitally important, therefore, that reasonable prudence be exercised by all adults who perform services on behalf of the archdiocese which involves interaction with minors.
The following is a set of practical guidelines for conducting yourself which must be observed by all clergy, religious, lay employees, and volunteers of the archdiocese when dealing with minors. These guidelines are not intended to prevent you from performing your service or ministry but rather to assist you in employing good judgment and appropriate discretion when interacting with minors.
If you find it necessary to depart from these guidelines due to some extraordinary circumstance, you should be aware of your departure and must be able to justify your actions and notify your supervisor as soon as possible.
If one-on-one involvement with a minor is unavoidable, you must use extreme discretion in your dealings with the minor. Please consult your supervisor for direction if your situation is not clarified by these guidelines.
The Archdiocese of Indianapolis recognizes that parents (guardians) have the primary responsibility for the health of their children. Although it is strongly recommended that medication be given in the home, the health of some children and youth may require that they take medication or receive other medical care while in the care of the Catholic school, parish or archdiocesan program.
When medication absolutely must be given at other times outside the home, parents (guardians) shall provide explicit written instructions including instructions as necessary from their physician or other medical practitioner regarding the need for prescription medication or specific medical care.
Archdiocesan personnel are generally protected from liability for administering emergency first aid in good faith by the Indiana Good Samaritan Law (IC 34-30-12).
The world of WhatsApp, Zoom, Google Hangouts, Skype etc... makes it easy for leaders and minors to have one-on-one communication. When leaders need to communicate with a child or youth in a more direct manner such as checking in, sending call access information, or providing curruculm documents, they should communicate with parents via email. This ensures all interactions are reccording and transparent.
Read more about how to schedule meetings and including parent accountability in the document below.
Passenger vans designed to hold 15 passengers have been shown to have an extremely high propensity for rollover accidents. Therefore, schools, parishes and agencies in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis are hereby prohibited from purchasing, leasing, renting, or otherwise using 15 passenger vans for transporting passengers at any time for any purpose.
This includes the use of privately owned 15-passenger vans. In general, vehicles meeting the definition of a school bus should be used for transporting larger groups instead of vans or automobiles, whenever possible.