Office of Child Protection
Abuse Prevention Training
As part of the Archdiocesan response to the crisis of sexual abuse of children in the Church we have launched multiple programs that focus on the protection of children. The following provides some introductory information about our parish and school programs for adults and children.
Child Abuse Prevention Training for Adults
Protecting God’s Children® is a training program conducted by VIRTUS, certified facilitators on the prevention of child sexual abuse. The training makes participants aware of the signs of child sexual abuse, the methods and means by which offenders commit abuse, and five easy steps one can use to prevent child sexual abuse. To learn more go to www.virtus.org.
Personal Safety Curriculum for Children
We have several approved programs for children that focus on training them about personal safety and abuse prevention. They have been designed for teaching annually, both in the Catholic schools and in parish religious education programs. The programs concentrate on teaching children basic skills that will help keep them safe from dangerous or abusive situations, while supporting parents, educators and community members in responding effectively to suspected abuse. The developmentally appropriate programs introduce the subject of sexual abuse in the context of general safety.
Grades Pre K – Grade 5
The Child Protection Unit of Second Step (formerly Talking About Touching) was developed by the Committee for Children (CFC), a nonprofit organization that has researched and developed awardwinning social-emotional skills curricula since the late 1970s. CFC is committed to its mission to promote the safety, well-being, and social development of children by creating quality educational programs for educators, families, and communities.
Grades 6, 7 and 8
Created for Love is a foundational moral theology curriculum mandated by Cardinal Seán O’Malley for all Catholic school students and Parish Faith Formation students in Grades 6-8 throughout the Archdiocese of Boston. This dual mandate satisfies the required child safety standards set forth by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops as well as the required chastity, respect life, vocation and morality curriculum set forth by Cardinal O’Malley. More information can be found at: www.RespectLifeEducation.com or by calling the Respect Life Education office: 617-746-5864.
The Technology Safety and Security™ program developed by VIRTUS provides schools and religious education programs with information, resources, and training to help create awareness of technology safety and security issues while teaching caring adults how to protect young people in the world of electronic communication.
For Parents and Guardians
The Teaching Boundaries and Safety Guide™ provides best practices for caring adults and parents for teaching children how to protect themselves. It can be used as a stand-alone guide used with the Teaching Safety Program for Children. This can be provided to parents or guardians who decide to opt their child out of the personal safety program.