Accreditation and abuse prevention for orders and congregations.
Praesidium is honored to serve as the accrediting body for Catholic men’s religious orders and congregations in the United States. This partnership developed from the extraordinary efforts of the Conference of Major Superiors of Men to respond to the 2002 United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. More than 130 Institutes, representing 90 percent of Order Priests and Brothers in the United States, have attained Praesidium Accreditation® and our work has been presented to the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life at the Vatican.
Praesidium’s Standards for Accreditation cover three areas:
- Prevention standards review how new members are screened, educational programs for initial and ongoing formation, systems of support and accountability, and how the Institute manages internal reports of potential boundary violations.
- Responding standards review the Institute’s response to reports of suspected abuse and the role of external review boards.
- Supervision standards review the management and supervision of a member who is known to have abused a minor.
Contact us to learn more about our services or to begin the accreditation process in your religious community.