The Archdiocese of Cincinnati is now in compliance with requirements of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People regarding the training of priests, deacons, seminarians, employees, and educators.
However, there are still 3,047 volunteers who were on the rolls of schools, parishes and institutions of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati on June 30, 2006 for whom it cannot be established that they have received the required training dictated in the provisions of the Decree on Child Protection for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. It should be noted that:
- All of the 3,047 volunteers have undergone criminal background checks.
- No one is permitted to work with children without first undergoing training dictated in the provisions of the Decree. This archdiocesan policy has been in place since 1993. Some of the 3,047 may have in fact been trained, but this cannot be confirmed with school, parish, or institution records.
- If it cannot be established through records that a person has received training that person must go through the training even if the person had already done the training but it was not properly documented. Otherwise, the person cannot volunteer.
Since January 1, 2006, no one has been permitted to work with children in an archdiocesan program until both a positive criminal background check and a record of having attended a training session on the Decree on Child Protection are on file with the Archdiocese. (Previously, a person could begin after a clean criminal background check, with the training session on the Decree on Child Protection occurring later.)
In the USCCB audit released a year ago, the Archdiocese reported 10,515 educators, employees and volunteers for whom we did not have a record of a training session. The Archdiocese is now compliant with the Charter in regard to training of employees and educators and the number of volunteers for whom training cannot be verified has been cut by two-thirds.
The Archdiocese continues to work to come into compliance, reminding pastors and administrators of the requirements of the Decree on Child Protection. In addition to training sessions at parishes, schools and institutions, the Archdiocese conducts one each month at noon at its downtown Cincinnati office.