Protection of Children and Youth

Safe Environment Training Programs

The USCCB has indicated that the mandated child protection/safe environment training of children and youth has resulted in more children coming forward to report cases of inappropriate behavior on the part of adults. More importantly, the children coming forward no longer feel a sense of shame about incidents; they know that the abuse was not their fault.

With this information and experience in mind, the diocese requires that all children and youth in a parish or Catholic school be presented age-appropriate programs each year and that documentation is maintained by the parish or school.


Children and Youth

(1.) PARISH


(Instructions) Religious Education
Safe Environment Training Chart
Student In-service Record: Religious Education Programs
Student In-service Record: Home-based Programs
List of Agencies Presenting Safe Touching and Safe Environment Programs

Approved DVDs for Training
PreK-Grade 3 approved DVD list
Grades 4-5-6 approved DVD list
Grades 7 thru 12 approved DVD list

Prayer Service and Lesson Outline:

Pre-school - Grade 3
Grades 4, 5 and 6
Grades 7-12

Home Training Packet

For parents:
1. whose child was absent
2. who refused in-service for their child
3. who homeschool
Cover Letter
Option Form: Religious Education Programs
Elementary Students training packet
Junior/Senior High Students training packet

(2.) SCHOOL


(Instructions) Catholic Schools
Safe Environment Training Chart
Student In-service Record: Catholic Schools Programs
List of Agencies Presenting Safe Touching and Safe Environment Programs

Approved DVDs for Training

PreK-Grade 3 approved DVD list
Grades 4-5-6 approved DVD list
Grades 7 thru 12 approved DVD list

Prayer Service and Lesson Outline:

Pre-school - Grade 3
Grades 4, 5 and 6
Grades 7-12

Home Training Packet

For parents:
1. whose child was absent
2. who refused in-service for their child
Cover Letter
Option Form: Catholic Schools Programs
Elementary Students training packet
Junior/Senior High Students training packet


Parents

The diocese requires all parishes and Catholic schools to provide parents with material on safe environment information annually and to maintain documentation of this in the parish or school.

Parent Inservice Instructions– Parishes and Catholic Schools

Parent Inservice Material 2018-19
Parent Inservice Material 2017-18
Parent Inservice Material 2016-17

Brochure: Frequently Asked Questions about Child Abuse
Brochure: Frequently Asked Questions about the Child Abuse Policy
List of Child Protection Web sites and Hotline Telephone Numbers