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Child and Youth Protection

The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America is deeply committed to the protection of its children and youth. Those who work with our young people are accountable to God and the community to ensure their safety, well-being, and spiritual formation. As a Church, we must provide a safe and secure environment where young people can grow and mature in the Faith. While we can never eliminate the possibility of abuse or injury, we can take steps to ensure that our programs are as safe as possible.

In the spirit of prevention and protection, the Youth Protection Manual (YPM) was created to help clergy and laity charged with the task of selecting, training, and supervising those who work with young people at Archdiocese camps and retreats. Charged by the Holy Eparchial Synod and beginning in 2009, each camp and Metropolis retreat of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America is mandated to utilize the YPM within their program.

The Youth Protection Manual is available for download and was updated on May 2012

Youth Protection Manual

The following are available in Section 8 of the Youth Protection Manual, but are also provided here as seperate documents:

Code of Conduct
Notice of Concern
Staff Application and Staff Re-Application
Social Networking and Digitial Communication Policy

These are supplemental materials to be used for screening, selection, and training of staff:

Staff Interview
Policies and Procedures for Event Staff
Sample Guidelines for Reference Checks

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