January 06, 2005

Beaumont Diocese Says They’re in Compliance with USCCB Charter


The Diocese of Beaumont has once again received an "In Compliance" determination from Bill Gavin of The Gavin Group, Inc. The Office of Child and Youth Protection of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops contracted with the Gavin Group to carry out the audits again this year.

Auditors conducted a second on-site audit from Dec. 6-9, 2004, to evaluate how the Diocese of Beaumont is complying with the provisions of the USCCB "Charter for the Protection of Children and Youth." They reviewed policies and records, inspected documentation confirming implementation on the diocesan and the parish/school levels, verified that the "Ethical and Responsible Conduct Policies" are being distributed to employees and volunteers, that background checks are being conducted, and that clergy, employees and volunteers are attending the sexual abuse awareness training sessions. The auditors also interviewed a variety of persons both inside and outside the Church. They made on-site visits to two parishes to meet with the pastors and some of their staff so as to verify implementation of the Charter provisions on the parish/school level.

Posted by kshaw at January 6, 2005 04:21 PM