Child Advocacy

 
 
 
 

Office of the Special Assistant to the Archbishop

 
 

Office for Background Checking: CORI Policy

Outreach to survivors of clergy sexual abuse

Office of Child Advocacy, Implementation and Oversight  

November 30, 2008 - Fifth Semi-Annual Report on Continuous Quality Improvement Initiatives  

May 31, 2008 - Fourth Semi-Annual Report on Continuous Quality Improvement Initiatives  

March 31, 2008 - Final Report on A Methodology for Assessing the Effectiveness of RCAB Programs for Child Protection and Abuse Prevention  

March 6, 2008 - Archdiocese of Boston Completes 2007 Audit of its Compliance with the USCCB 'Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People' 

November 30, 2007 - Third Semi-Annual Report on Continuous Quality Improvement Initiatives.  

October 22, 2007 - Annual Posting of the following:

September 30 , 2007 - Third Update on Preparing a Methodology for Assessing the Effectiveness of RCAB Programs for Child Protection and Abuse Prevention  

May 31, 2007 - Second Semi-Annual Report on Continuous Quality Improvement Initiatives  

March 31, 2007 - Second Update on Preparing a Methodology for Assessing the Effectiveness of RCAB Programs for Child Protection and Abuse Prevention.  

January 24, 2007 - Child Advocacy's Spring Training Schedule for new CAP Team members, Teachers and Religious Educators (Word doc)  

November 30, 2006 - First RCAB Semi-Annual Report on Continuous Quality Improvement Initiatives  

October 6, 2006 - Update on Preparing a Methodology for Assessing the Effectiveness of RCAB Programs for Child Protection and Abuse Prevention.  

July 19, 2006 - details of three matters: (1) a new reporting protocol regarding federal crimes affecting children; (2) a change in the point of contact within the Archdiocese for reports under State law regarding suspected child abuse by clergy, employees or volunteers; and (3) a request that, going forward, copies of all 51A reports be forwarded to the Archdiocese.

May 26, 2006 - RCAB Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) and Report Schedule  

April 7, 2006 - Archdiocese of Boston Shares ‘Children First’- A Two-Year Assessment of the Archdiocese’s Implementation of the Policies and Procedures for the Protection of Children  

April 7, 2006 - An Action Plan for Preparing a Methodology for Assessing the Effectiveness of RCAB Programs for Child Protection and Abuse Prevention  

10/6/2005 - Excel and PDF format sign in sheets for PGC training are now available.  

10/18/2004 - New pocket guide to the Policies and Procedures for the Protection of Children and a chart for reporting child abuse.  

USCCB documents available  

 
 

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On March 16, 2002, the Commission for the Protection of Children – a group of lay professionals in the disciplines of psychiatry, psychology, social work, medicine, education, law enforcement, and public policy assisted by (among others) several persons harmed by sexual abuse – was empanelled to independently evaluate and make recommendations to the Cardinal as to how the existing child abuse prevention policies and procedures, and the response to allegations of child abuse in the Archdiocese of Boston could be strengthened. The Commission looked at the processes involving the investigation of cases; the counseling and treatment being offered; the outreach and pastoral response to victims, their families, and to the clergy; the screening and formation of seminarians; and the training and education of adults and children on this issue at all levels within the Church. The final report of the Commission was released on October 7, 2002. 

As a result of the policy recommendations, an Archdiocesan Office of Child Advocacy, Implementation and Oversight was created, and Deacon Anthony P. Rizzuto was appointed as its first Director. The Commission was both aware of and encouraged this initiative. Among the responsibilities of the new office is the implementation of the education and training programs concerning abuse recognition and reporting for the clergy, employees and volunteers in all parishes and schools of the Archdiocese, and the selection of appropriate personal safety/abuse prevention curricula for our children.