PROTECTING GOD’S CHILDREN FOR ADULTS
The Protecting God’s Children™ Program for Adults was purchased to educate every priest, employee, and volunteer who works with children about the harms of child sexual abuse and what they can do to prevent it. The Safe Environment Coordinator organizes the training sessions as well as administers the web-based online system that tracks who has been trained. The system provides follow-up information and reinforcement to facilitators and to participants who have been trained.
The Protecting God’s Children™ program is a three-hour video presentation. Any adult volunteer who comes into contact with children for more that 15 hours a year is required to attend this program. Workshops require PRE-registration. Past attendees are eligible to sign up for ongoing bulletins from Vitrus.
The Diocesan Child Protection Catechesis Program will be conducted for St. Paul’s PREP & RCIA children during the months of October & November.
This program has been implemented for the education of the children in the diocesan elementary schools and CCD/PREP classes. Each year, children are taught how to identify and thwart the lures that are used to lead youngsters from a safe environment into one where they are vulnerable to exploitation and other crimes.
The program is designed for the age of the child, and its principles are rooted strongly in the Catholic Faith. Spiritual experiences of prayer and reflection are included within the program. Parents, the first catechist of their children may choose to conduct the Child Protection Catechesis for their children at home and are always welcome to review the program materials.
For materials, or to conduct the catechesis, contact Judy Issermoyer