PLB Safe Environment

Members of the diocesan pastoral staff, wearing different shades of blue to commemorate Child Abuse Prevention Month, pose in the Pastoral Center lobby in Palm Beach Gardens April 11, 2022.

PALM BEACH GARDENS  |  The Catholic Church continues to evolve and improve its response to child abuse. As the Diocese of Palm Beach marks National Child Abuse Prevention Month in April, it is fitting to examine the changes that ensure the safety of children in its care.

Twenty years ago, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops approved the “Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People” and the “Essential Norms” to safeguard children by establishing a framework for dioceses to deal with abuse by clergy or anyone else involved in ministry for the Church. Training and background screening make up the fundamental protocol in the norms.

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