Independent audit once again shows Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People being followed in Delaware and Maryland's Eastern Shore
November 28, 2012 --- (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 an on-site audit performed in October 2012 by Stone Bridge 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 Mr. Robert G. Krebs, spokesman 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.”
The Diocese of Wilmington has been audited each year since 2003. In 2006, an audit was not required by the U.S. bishops, however; the Diocese of Wilmington was one of a small percent of dioceses that requested a voluntary audit.
The diocese has retained Dr. Sandy K. Wurtele, Ph.D. as a Child Protection Consultant. Dr. Wurtele recently evaluated the various programs and policies of the Diocese of Wilmington adopted for the protection of children. This evaluation is in accord with the non-monetary undertakings of the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington’s bankruptcy settlement.
Dr. Wurtele has a national reputation for her studies and work in the area of childhood sexual abuse and its prevention. Her written works and lectures encompass all aspects of the childhood sexual abuse problem, providing analysis as well as instruction and guidelines for prevention of childhood sexual abuse. Her report, titled "Best Practices in Safeguarding Children: Report on Diocese of Wilmington's For the Sake of God's Children,” is available online at http://www.cdow.org/settlement.html.
The Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People and various related documents can be found at http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/child-and-youth-protection/charter.cfm. Information on the Diocese of Wilmington and its child protection, safe environment and victims assistance programs can be found at http://www.cdow.org/FSGC/index.html.
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 235,000 Catholics in the diocese.
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Contact: Bob Krebs