Safe Environment

Protection of Children and Young People

Safe Environment Program 


St. Joseph Church & School is committed to ensuring a safe environment for our children and for upholding the “National Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People” 

All Employees and volunteers, both clergy and laity, who have regular contact with children and youth during their service to the parish must undergo a diocesan background screening, agree to (by signature) the diocesan Code of Conduct and complete a Safe Haven online training program. 

Background Screening Forms and the Code of Conduct Agreement and Diocesan Confidentiality and Catholic Principles Policy must be completed and submitted along with a copy of the Safe Haven Certificate of Completion to the Safe Environment Coordinator before the employee or volunteer works with the children and youth of our parish or school. 

Safe Environment Coordinator:

Denise Thompson - Church    (864) 225 - 5341  Holly Hunter - School             (864) 760-1619  


For more information about protecting our children and youth in the Diocese of Charleston visit:

Click here to read "Information about Child Protection and Sexual Abuse Allegations within the Diocese of Charleston." Issued by Bishop Guglielmone's office on Monday, October 15, 2018.



Your local Victim Assistance Coordinator is available to help you or anyone who has been abused or victimized by someone representing the Catholic Church. We will listen to your needs and support you. We will help you make a formal complaint and arrange a personal meeting with the bishop, or his delegate, if desired. We encourage you to come forward and speak out. 

Diocesan Victim Assistance:       

1(800) 921-8122

For more information on how to report an allegation of abuse go to  

Diocesan Office of Child & Youth Protection Services:                           

(843) 853-2130 Ext. 209