There are two major ways the Diocese is held accountable for compliance with the Safe Environment protocol:
Safe Environment Audits
The Diocese is audited yearly (electronically) by an independent agency and every three years (on-site) for compliance with Safe Environment procedures and protocols, including analysis to determine that allegations of abuse are appropriately responded to and reported. The Diocese also is audited on communications, dissemination of information, documentation, record-keeping, and best safety practices as they pertain to Safe Environment. The USCCB, in turn, releases publically the independent audit agency’s summarized results in an annual report.
Sexual Abuse Review Board
The Diocese’s Safe Environment efforts also are overseen by a Review Board comprised of lay members that meets regularly to ensure that proper reporting and preventive procedures are followed.