We are pleased to inform you that we have earned Praesidium Accreditation™, the highest honor in abuse prevention practices. Praesidium Accreditation confirms that an individual order or congregation has been found by an independent team of specialists to meet or exceed all Standards for Accreditation.
To attain accreditation, we underwent a long educational process and a rigorous assessment to clarify our responsibilities, identify best practices, and evaluate the extent to which we are meeting these defined standards. We are in compliance with the highest current national standards for protecting children and responding to allegations. We have acted upon the call to more accountability and transparency in how to protect children, handle allegations of sexual abuse, reach out to victims, and supervise members who have sexually abused.
As this is our third time through the process, our accreditation will remain in effect for five years, January 1, 2013 through January 1, 2018 and during this time we will uphold
fundamental organizational values and stringent safety practices that demonstrate our
commitment to protecting those in our care from abuse. As part of this, we will undertake an annual review in order to stay up-to-date in our compliance with the USCCB’s Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.
Praesidium, the accrediting body, is the national leader in abuse risk management and has worked with thousands of companies worldwide for over 20 years. More information about Praesidium Accreditation is available at www.PraesidiumInc.com.