Office for Healing and Prevention
The Diocese of Worcester accepts the pre-eminent responsibility to respond to allegations of the sexual abuse of a child by any diocesan or parochial school personnel in an immediate, objective, just, and pastoral way. In keeping with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, the Diocese established the Office for Healing & Prevention on May 30, 2002.
The diocesan concern was not new. In June 1994, a six-member committee was established to address any reports of sexual abuse of minors by diocesan personnel and in January 1996, this program was expanded. In August 1996, a policy and a series of procedures were promulgated to address complaints more effectively.
It is the role and responsibility of the Office for Healing & Prevention to oversee the enforcement of the Policy and Procedures for the Protection of Minors, to offer outreach to victims and their families, and to offer the services of a Coordinator for Assistance to the Accused.
The objectives of the office include the following:
Provide prompt and effective response to allegations
Offer healing and reconciliation to survivors and their families
Create a safe environment for children and young people
Cooperate with civil authorities
Provide means of accountability for the future to ensure the problem is effectively resolved
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