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Diocese Found in Compliance with National Charter
In a letter from William Gavin of the Gavin Group, Inc., Bishop Bernard Hebda has been informed that the Diocese of Gaylord remains in compliance with the mandates of the U.S. Bishops Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. The Gavin Group is an independent agency contracted by the USCCB Office of Child and Youth Protection (OCYP) to conduct audits of dioceses throughout the country.
First adopted in 2003 and revised in 2005, the Charter for the Protection of Children outlines expectations that each diocese will make safe environment training available for all ages, conduct background checks of employees and volunteers who regularly work with minors, have policies and procedures in place to minister to all those affected by sexual abuse of minors by clergy, cooperate with civil authorities, and foster an openness in communications. Audits are conducted yearly and results are reported publicly in the OCYPs annual Report on the Implementation of the Charter.
Instead of a full on-site audit, for the second year in a row the diocese was requested to participate in a data collection audit which is conducted primarily by phone and e-mail. The primary focus for this type of audit is on Articles 12 and 13 of the Charter and requires detailed information regarding background checks and completion of safe environment programs, along with a variety of other information.
The audit evaluated the period from July 1, 2009 through June 30, 2010 and marked the seventh time the diocese has been evaluated, with the Diocese of Gaylord having been found in total compliance with the Charter each time.
I am very pleased with the findings of the audit and also very grateful for the good work being done in our diocese, said Bishop Hebda. I also want to assure the faithful that we continue to be committed to seeking ways to help bring healing to those who have been harmed in the past and to doing everything we can to prevent any child from being abused or neglected in the future.