Safe-Environment-Program

How to Make A Report

The Diocese of Springfield is committed to continue our efforts to work in partnership with local agancies to prevent any child from being abused or neglected.  We also seek to bring about healing where abuse has occurred.

Reporting Allegations of Child Sexual Abuse

Reporting Allegations of Child Sexual Abuse

To report allegations of sexual abuse of a minor by clergy -- even if it is in the past -- individuals are encouraged to call the Diocese's Child Abuse Reporting and Investigation number at 217.321.1155. Individuals may also contact Illinois Department of Children and Family Services Child Abuse Hotline at 1.800.25.ABUSE.

In the State of Illinois many professionals, including CLERGY, TEACHERS, doctors, counselors, etc. -- are MANDATED reporters.   This means such individuals are required to report to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services within 24 hours if they SUSPECT a child is being neglected or abused in any way.  Individuals may also contact Illinois Department of Children and Family Services Child Abuse Hotline at 1.800.25.ABUSE.  The line is answered 24 hours a day.  There may be significant penalties for mandated reporters who fail to report suspected child abuse or neglect.

The Diocese of Springfield encourages ANYONE who has reason to suspect a child is being abused or neglected to report the matter to local authorities.

Reporting Financial or Adult Sexual Misconduct

Reporting Misconduct

The Report Misconduct Hotline for the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois is a venue to report financial misconduct or adult sexual misconduct committed by priests, deacons or lay employees of the Church.  This hotline is not intended for use as a venue to register disagreements with financial, pastoral, or management decisions or to report the sexual abuse of a minor by Church personnel. 

Hotline Number: 1-866-346-2003

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