Safe Environment Audit
Each year the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois takes part in the Safe Environment Audit. To ensure the diocese is compliant with The Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, the United States Conference for Catholic Bishops requires an annual audit of dioceses in the United States.
In accordance with The Charter, the diocese requires all adult staff and volunteers to be Protecting God’s Children trained and background checked. The diocese also requires children and youth to receive annual personal safety training in the Catholic school and PSR setting. These are all necessary efforts in ensuring the protection of children, youth, and vulnerable adults.
The annual Safe Environment Audit captures data which helps to measure compliance with training and screening requirements at each diocesan school, parish, and organization. Information collected from this audit is then shared with the USCCB and a third-party auditing firm that assesses the diocese’s compliance. Every three years, the third-party auditing firm visits the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois to conduct a detailed on-site audit. During their on-site visit the auditing firms visits the Catholic Pastoral Center and various schools and parishes of the diocese.
The last on-site audit took place in 2020. The Diocese of Springfield’s next on-site audit will take place in 2023 with annual data collection audits in between.
If your school, parish, or organization needs the audit forms or if you have any questions about this process, please contact Alison Smith at the Office for Safe Environment, (217) 695-8500 ext. 162 |
Please see the results of the most recent Safe Environment Audit below.