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Each year, dioceses in the United States undergo an external audit by Stonebridge Business Partners, an independent auditing firm. The audit is designed to measure each diocese's compliance with the guidelines of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. The results of the external audits are published by the Secretariat of Child and Youth Protection every year.
According to the results of the 2016 Annual Report, the Catholic Church in the United States has:
Administered safe environment training and background checks for clergy and adults who work or volunteer with children.
Educated children on how to identify and report abuse.
Provided outreach and support to victims/survivors of abuse.
Reported new allegations of sexual abuse of minors to law enforcement.
Removed offenders from ministry and further access to children.
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