Volunteers and Staff
Background Screening Forms
Initial Safe Environment Training
Creating A Culture of Healing and Protection
The “promise to protect and the pledge to heal” is the commitment made by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in their Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. They extend this promise to not only the young, but to adults who are vulnerable as well.
An important part of this commitment is to provide training to adults involved in service to the Church so that they can carry out the “promise to protect and pledge to heal” as well. In the words of Bishop Timothy Doherty, chair of the US Bishop’s Committee for the Protection of Children and Young People, “All we do is for Christ. What you do is not only for children and youth, but for and with Christ.”
Creating a Culture of Healing and Protection moves us beyond merely providing safe surroundings for our children. Building a culture of healing and protection involves transforming our values and beliefs about the life and dignity of the human person into who and how we are with children and adults who are vulnerable.
Creating a Safe Faith Environment for Our Children
Creating Safe Environments for Our Children
A primary goal as we work with children and youth in our parishes, programs, and schools is to create a Catholic Faith Environment; one that models Christ and the Gospel message, follows Catholic Social Teaching, fosters the faith development of our children and youth, and provides them with deliberately different messages and experiences than those they encounter in society. In order to truly provide such an environment, we must ensure that our children and youth are safe and feel safe. The very strategies that we implement to help our children experience right relationships throughout their life span, to prevent abuse, and to build resilience to trauma help us to create not only a Catholic Faith Environment, but a culture of protection and healing.
Keeping Our Children Safe Online
If We Build It, They Will Come...Responding to Disclosures of Abuse
Peer to Peer Abuse: Bullying, Cyberbullying, Sexting, Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault
From Safe Environments to Faith Environments: Furthering the Gospel Message of Christ
Creating an Environment Safe from Self Harm
Creating a Faith Environment Safe from Physical Aggression
Creating a Trauma-Sensitive Faith Environment
Creating Connections in Our Faith Environment: Safe Stable Nurturing Relationships
Creating an Environment of Authentic Love
Discipline and Discipleship in our Faith Environment
Creating and Maintaining Clear Boundaries in Ministry