Diocese found to be compliant with the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People

Originally Appeared in : 9910-5/9/19

The Diocese of Savannah has been found to be compliant with the provisions and norms of the “Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People” for the audit period of July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018. The audit was conducted by StoneBridge Business Partners, Rochester, NY.


Promulgated fifteen years ago in 2002, the Cardinals, Bishops and Eparchs in the United States pledged to implement and enforce the following:

  • Promote Healing and Reconciliation with Victims/Survivors of Sexual Abuse of Minors
  • Guarantee an Effective Response to Allegations of Sexual Abuse of Minors
  • Ensure the Accountability of Our Procedures
  • Protect the Faithful in the Future

In the Charter’s preamble, the hierarchy state that in order to fulfill the pledge, “We have relied on the Catholic faithful of the United States.” Through this statement all clergy, men in formation, employees and volunteers are relied upon to be the eyes and ears that help keep our children safe. 

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StoneBridge was provided with data from the Diocese for inspection and conducted random onsite audits at four churches and three schools within our diocese.


Data reported for the diocese of Savannah:


11,289 children in our parochial schools and Faith Formation programs were taught “Touching Safety,” a curriculum which offers age-appropriate lessons in boundary/grooming behavior, identifying a trusted adult, and how to report concerns. 69 children were opted out of the training.


Meeting the requirement for VIRTUS training and criminal background checks were 98 priests, 68 permanent deacons, 28 candidates for ordination (seminarians and diaconal formation), 578 educators in our parochial schools, 620 full and part-time employees and 7,463 volunteers who come into contact with youth as part of their ministry.


The Charter can be downloaded and read at this website:


For more information regarding the protection of children in our diocese, please contact Joan Altmeyer at (912) 201-4074, or


Joan B. Altmeyer is the Director of Safe Environment

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