The Catholic Diocese of Austin policies on Ethics and Integrity in Ministry (EIM) require that all clergy, employees and those volunteers who minister to youth or vulnerable adults in the diocese must be EIM compliant.
There are three (3) steps required to become EIM compliant:
1) submit an EIM application (online or paper copy), which
2) generates a confidential, criminal background check, and
3) attend a 3 hour EIM Basic Workshop which teaches participants about boundaries, warning signs, appropriate interactions in our work with minors and vulnerable adults, how to respond to incidents and reviews diocesan EIM policies.
The application is only submitted one time; the background check is automatically rerun every 3 years from the date of your application submission and does not require any additional action on your part. Workshop attendance is required every 3 years after the initial EIM Basic Workshop.The application can be found by following links under the heading Ethics and Integrity in Ministry on the diocesan website (www.austindiocese.org). There you will also find a list of upcoming workshops. You are encouraged to complete your on-line application before the workshop, but that is not required. Workshops are held infrequently at our parish. But, there are initial and refresher workshops held throughout the diocese on a frequent basis.
HOW TO REPORT ABUSE
To report abuse or any violation of the diocesan EIM policies, please download the Confidential Notice of Concernand follow the instructions on the form to submit it to the Diocese. (get Acrobat Reader) You may also contact the EIM office or the Vicar General at (512) 949-2400. Texas State law also requires that abuse and/or neglect of a minor must be reported to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Servicesthrough their website or at 1-800-252-5400, and/or through local police.
If you, or someone you know, have experienced abuse by someone representing the Catholic Church, please contact the Coordinator of Pastoral Care for the Diocese of Austin at (512) 949-2400.