Safe Environment Policies

The following Safe Environment policies will be in effect at the National Eucharistic Congress:

Safety & Security of Minors

  • Minors (anyone under the age of 18) must be accompanied at all times by either a parent/legal guardian or a Safe Environment cleared chaperone.

  • Minors should not wander the Indiana Convention Center, Lucas Oil Stadium, or any other event spaces unaccompanied by an adult.

  • Minors must be accompanied by an adult at all sessions (including family and/or youth sessions). The minors and the accompanying adult(s) must be registered to attend sessions together.

  • Minors may attend any session with an adult, not just sessions specifically noted for families or youth.

Safe Environment Requirements

  • Parents and legal guardians attending with just their own child(ren) do not need to have safe environment clearance.

  • Any adult accompanying minors who are not their own children are considered chaperones and must meet the following requirements:

  • All chaperones must be age 21 or older.

  • All chaperones must be safe environment compliant within their (arch)diocese. This compliance must include current safe environment training and a fully cleared background check. Proof of this must be readily available to be shown on site upon request.

  • Older siblings may serve as a chaperone for younger siblings only if they are age 21 or older and are safe environment compliant.

  • Parents may serve as a chaperone for children/youth unrelated to them only if they are age 21 or older and are safe environment compliant.

  • The required chaperone to youth ratio is 1 chaperone for up to every 8 youth.

  • Youth Groups must certify Safe Environment status of all chaperones in their group by submitting this form to the NEC.

  • Outside of families, adults with minors must always maintain groups of 3 or more (i.e. a minimum of 1 adult chaperone with 2 youth or 2 adult chaperones with 1 youth). An adult should never be alone with a minor who is not their own child.