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Every April, organizations and communities across the United States, including Catholic parishes and schools, participate in National Child Abuse Prevention Month.
While dioceses work year-round to prevent abuse, during this month, a special emphasis is placed on highlighting the importance of defending the vulnerable from this evil.
Learn how you can participate this April using these resources!
Statement at Close of Meeting on the Protection of Minors in the Church
February 24, 2019
Statement on Theodore McCarrick in Response to Judgement by the Holy See
February 16, 2019
For past statements, please visit News Releases.
The 2017 Annual Report on the Implementation of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, produced by the Secretariat of Child and Youth Protection (SCYP) in 2018, describes the progress of Catholic dioceses/eparchies in implementing victim assistance and child protection policies and programs in the United States, particularly those found within the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. The report is based on an annual audit process, carried out between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017, by StoneBridge Business Partners.
With the support of their bishops, representatives from 7 dioceses recently met to discuss how high reliability principles can be used to sustain a culture of safety throughout the Church. High reliability principles are utilized by large organizations such as hospitals to strengthen organizational culture, thus enabling leaders to better identify, prevent, and respond to events of harm. The dioceses of Gary, Columbus, Baton Rouge, Manchester, Kansas City - St. Joseph, the Archdiocese of New Orleans, and the Eparchy of St. George in Canton are among those who have taken leadership on this new initiative of the Secretariat of Child and Youth Protection and National Review Board.
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