Independent audit once again shows Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People being followed in Delaware and Maryland’s Eastern Shore
November 24, 2014 — (Wilmington, DE) — The Catholic Diocese of Wilmington has, once again, been found to be in complete compliance with the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, the comprehensive action plan adopted by the U. S. bishops in 2002 to effectively deal with sexual abuse of minors by members of the clergy and other church personnel. The findings are a result of a review of data collected for the 2013/2014 Charter audit period by StoneBridge Business Partners, an independent firm hired by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. The Diocese of Wilmington has been found to be in compliance in all audits since the Charter was first adopted.
“The diocese submitted extensive data regarding our approach to survivors of clergy sexual abuse, complaint handling and investigation, reporting to civil authorities and counseling for survivors,” said Sister Carroll Juliano, SHCJ, Safe Environments Coordinator for the Diocese of Wilmington. “The audit also covered information regarding training given to church employees and volunteers, background checks and screening of seminarians. We are pleased that the Diocese of Wilmington was once again found compliant.”
Information regarding the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington’s comprehensive safe environment program, For the Sake of God’s Children, is available at www.cdow.org/giving/for-the-sake-of-gods-children. More information regarding what the Catholic Church in the United States is doing to protect children and young people including information about compliance audits is available at usccb.org/issues-and-action/child-and-youth-protection/audits.cfm.
The Catholic Diocese of Wilmington was established in 1868 and comprises 57 parishes, 18 missions and 30 schools serving the State of Delaware and the nine counties of Maryland’s Eastern Shore. There are approximately 240,000 Catholics in the diocese.
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