The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) requires from all dioceses in the United States to undergo yearly audits to verify their compliance with the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. These audits are undertaken by StoneBridge Business Partners, which began Charter audits for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops since 2011.

StoneBridge also issues the annual report which includes statistical data gathered by the Georgetown University-based Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA).

From the annual audits, the USCCB can say that the Catholic Church in the United States:

  • Administered safe environment training and background checks for clergy and adults who work or volunteer with

    • 98.7% of priests, 96.6% of educators, and 97.1% of volunteers are among those who received background checks at the time of the audit, with the rest scheduled for future evaluations.
    • 99.1% of priests, 98.0% of educators, and 96.4% of volunteers received safe environment training.
  • Educated children on how to identify and report abuse. 
    • 94.0% or 4.5 million children received safe environment training in parishes and schools.
  • Provided outreach and support to victims/survivors of abuse.
    • Close to 250 newly identified victims/survivors and members of their families were offered outreach and healing, and ongoing support was provided to 1,510 victims/survivors.

For additional information about the compliance audits, please visit the USCCB Office of Child and Youth Protection web site.

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