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Monitoring Compliance with Child-Safety Standards in Religious Orders

Religious Institutes (Orders) of Men and Religious Congregations of Women generally have adopted their own child-safety and abuse-reporting procedures. 

Many subscribe to standards established by Praesidium, Inc., that are even stricter than the USCCB Charter. For example, the Praesidium standards call for scheduled as well as surprise visits by outside auditors to remain certified.

But not all orders and congregations utilize the Praesidium standards. And some are more vigilant than others in following up on reports of sex abuse.