August 17, 2016
Safe Environment Results are in: WE ARE COMPLIANT!!!
Bishop Ochoa has received notification from Stonebridge Business Partners, an independent auditing agency in Rochester, New York, that the Diocese of Fresno was found to be compliant with The Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People for 2015.
Every year, the Diocese of Fresno is responsible for providing an accounting of how well we follow the requirements which are outlined in the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. The audit entails gathering reports on the number of clergy, employees, and volunteers who have unsupervised contact with children from all of the 89 parishes/missions and the 22 Catholic Schools in our Diocese. Each of these individuals must meet these certain requirements: Fingerprint clearance, current Safe Environment training, and have a signed Code of Conduct on file.
A summary of the information gathered is as follows: 38,283 children received training and education to increase their personal safety skills, 1306 diocesan employees and 7530 adult volunteers received Safe Environment training on the topics of child abuse, bullying, and cyber safety. This knowledge will help them increase the safety and well being of a child or young person. Our clergy and seminarians also fulfilled the requirement to refresh their knowledge of child abuse and diocesan policies on what constitutes a safe environment for young people.
While the Diocesan Safe Environment Office provides guidance and assistance to the parishes and Catholic schools in maintaining safe environments, the continued success experienced by the diocese in this endeavor is mainly the result of the dedicated efforts of the numerous pastors, principals, educators, employees, and volunteers throughout the diocese. We sincerely appreciate your devoted commitment to keeping our children safe.