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Child and Youth Protection


14th Annual Child and Youth Protection Catholic Leadership Conference

Child protection and victim assistance leaders from Catholic dioceses across the United States will meet March 24-27, 2019 outside of Philadelphia to discuss key issues related to abuse and learn from international experts. 

Hosted by the Dioceses of Camden, Metuchen, Paterson, Trenton, the Archdioceses of Philadelphia and Newark, and the Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Passaic. 

Contact: Rod Herrera | | 856-583-6114
Recent Statements from the U.S. Bishops' Conference

President of U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Delivers Opening Address at Start of 2018 General Assembly in Baltimore, Nov. 12-14
November 12, 2018

U.S. Bishops To Meet Nov. 12-14 in Baltimore; Will Address Abuse Crisis and Action Items; Assembly to be Live Streamed, Live Tweeted, Carried Via Satellite
October 30, 2018

President of U.S. Bishops' Conference Welcomes Steps Holy See is Taking to Ensure Faithful are Protected from the Evil of Sexual Abuse
October 7th, 2018

For past statements, please visit News Releases.

2017 Annual Report on the Implementation of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People

The 2017 Annual Report on the Implementation of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, produced by the Secretariat of Child and Youth Protection (SCYP) in 2018, describes the progress of Catholic dioceses/eparchies in implementing victim assistance and child protection policies and programs in the United States, particularly those found within the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. The report is based on an annual audit process, carried out between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017, by StoneBridge Business Partners.

Dioceses Learn from High Reliability Organizations to Build Cultures of Safety

With the support of their bishops, representatives from 7 dioceses recently met to discuss how high reliability principles can be used to sustain a culture of safety throughout the Church. High reliability principles are utilized by large organizations such as hospitals to strengthen organizational culture, thus enabling leaders to better identify, prevent, and respond to events of harm. The dioceses of Gary, Columbus, Baton Rouge, Manchester, Kansas City - St. Joseph, the Archdiocese of New Orleans, and the Eparchy of St. George in Canton are among those who have taken leadership on this new initiative of the Secretariat of Child and Youth Protection and National Review Board.

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