Protecting God's Children

Protecting God's Children

 

It is a requirement for anyone teaching, subbing, or volunteering in our PSR program to have attended the class “Protecting God’s Children.”   In order to begin working with our children this Fall, you will need to have attended this class and registered the time, date, and church you took it at with Mary Truetken Duvall, SHF Child Safety Coordinator.

The national sexual-abuse prevention program “Protecting God’s Children” was adopted by the Archdiocese of St. Louis in November 2002 and is provided at no cost to parishes, schools, and archdiocesan agencies. All archdiocesan employees and volunteers who work with children on a regular basis are mandated to attend a presentation of the program. Priests in the archdiocese also participate in the program, and pastors are encouraged to be present at sessions that are offered in their parishes.

Developed by National Catholic Services, “Protecting God’s Children” is a comprehensive two-and-one-half-hour program that includes two video presentations which incorporate stories from victims of sexual abuse and their families, who speak about the impact that the abuse has had on them. In addition, the videos feature testimony from perpetrators of child abuse, who tell how they selected their victims and how they made the victims feel that the abuse was their own fault. The program also provides information on how to prevent situations that can lead to abuse, on what behaviors should raise concern about abuse, and on how to report abuse.

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Protecting God's Children
Prevention and Awareness Classes

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