All employees and all ministers/volunteers are required to complete Safe Environment Training every five years. This includes all members of parish committees, commissions, councils and anyone involved in ministry or volunteering here at the parish.
The first half of the program is “Called to Protect for Parents and Families,” which is open to anyone who would like to know more on this topic, and the second half is “Called to Protect for Ministries." This program will educate and empower adults about how to help prevent abuse.
Training sessions are offered on dates announced in the bulletin in the Kasteel Hall of the Family Activity Center. Sessions are 2 1/2 to 3 hours in length. Please plan to attend one of these sessions. For more information or to register for a date, contact Margo Gonzalez in the parish office at 792-6168. You may also contact Alicia Alvarez at the Catholic Pastoral Center 792-3943, ext. 222 to find upcoming training sessions in the diocese that you may attend.
Those in church leadership carry a special duty to see that all church employees and volunteers are suitable to be in positions of trust with minors, and that all church-sponsored activities and programs ensure the safety of program participants.
Called to Protect™ for Ministries teaches a five-step model for keeping parishes safe.
Step One: Screening. What to look for on an application, how to get useful information from
references, the importance of sex offender and criminal background checks, and questions to ask during interviews.
Step Two: Interacting. How to use policies to define acceptable verbal and physical
interactions between adults and children, and how to identify interactions that could indicate a child may be at risk for abuse or is already being abused.
Step Three: Monitoring. Why child molesters need privacy and how to monitor high risk building locations, activities, and interactions between adults and children and between
Step Four: Training. What church leaders, parents, and youths need to know to contribute
to creating and maintaining safe environments and how abuse affects children, their parents, and those who serve and care for them.
Step Five: Responding. Understand the difference between suspicious or inappropriate
interactions and allegations of abuse, and how to respond in ways that respect the rights of everyone while complying with the law.
This part of Called to Protect™ is designed exclusively for parents. It recognizes that parents are the first and foremost protectors of their children and it gives them the skills and information they need to fulfill this important mission.