The secretariat has the following areas of responsibility: provide support and assistance to the National Review Board and Committee on the Protection of Children and Young People, conduct diocesan audits, and exist as a resource for dioceses/eparchies.
The news norms affect the global Church and require:
easily accessible reporting systems
clear standards for the pastoral support of victims and their families
timeliness and thoroughness of investigations
whistleblower protection for those making allegations
active involvement of the laity
Bishops also will be held accountable under the authority of this Motu Proprio, which covers sexual abuse of minors or vulnerable persons, sexual acts compelled through the abuse of authority, and any coverup of such crimes.
The norms also require that Church institutions comply with civil reporting laws.