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Diocese correcting failings.

MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Just three weeks after coming under sharp criticism from the state attorney general (NCR, April 14), the Manchester diocese released a new report April 20 saying all its priests and deacons and most of its employees and volunteers who work regularly with children have had criminal background checks and training in child protection.

It also announced the appointment of Mary Ellen D'Intino, a licensed social worker with experience investigating child abuse, as diocesan compliance coordinator, a new post.

The diocese has 1,466 employees and 6,861 volunteers who work with children in Catholic parishes or schools. All have been checked against the state sex offender registry. Ninety-five percent of employees have also had criminal background checks and completed safe environment training. Among volunteers, 75 percent have had criminal background checks and 83 percent have completed safe environment training.
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Title Annotation:U.S. BRIEFS; Manchester diocese initiates background checks on all employees and volunteers
Publication:National Catholic Reporter
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1U1NH
Date:May 5, 2006
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