FROM THE SAFEGUARD COMMITTEE

See PDF for 2019-2020 Working Together to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse Brochure with resources and contact information. 
 
A Prayer for Healing

Holy Spirit, comforter of hearts, heal your people’s wounds
and transform brokenness into wholeness.

Grant us the courage and wisdom, humility and grace,
to act with justice.

Breathe wisdom into our prayers and labors.

Grant that all harmed by abuse may find peace and justice.

We ask this through Christ, our Lord.
Amen.
 
 
“DID YOU KNOW?” FOR APRIL

April 6 - 7

You can support the Archdiocese’s Keeping Kids Safe Campaign
The Archdiocese works to prevent abuse through our Safeguard the Children Programs on prevention and reporting, fingerprinting and background checks, and clergy formation programs. For National Child Abuse Prevention Month, the Office of Safeguard the Children has created the 2019 Child Abuse Prevention Resource Packet. The packet includes pinwheel stickers, decorations and children’s activities as well as informative articles to help parents and other caring adults learn about how to protect our children and youth. This campaign provides another opportunity to transform awareness into action as we affirm every child’s right for a life filled with hope, health and happiness. For more information, visit:
http://www.la-archdiocese.org/org/protecting/safeguard/Pages/CAPM.aspx
 

April 13-14

The Archdiocese continues helping survivors of sexual abuse and their families
During National Child Abuse Prevention Month, the Archdiocese would like to reiterate that we stand resolute in our commitment to report allegations of sexual misconduct to law enforcement, support victim-survivors and protect children and the vulnerable. The Archdiocese has created a new website, protect.la-archdiocese.org, to serve as a comprehensive resource that will connect you to its programs and services for protecting children and reporting abuse. If you, or someone you know, is a victim of sexual abuse by a Church employee or volunteer, please contact the Archdiocesan Victims Assistance Coordinator at (213) 637-7650 or protect.la-archdiocese.org for help and support.
 
April 20-21

2019-2020 Working Together to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse Brochure The Office of Safeguard the Children annually publishes the Working Together to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse brochure, which provides an up-to-date listing of the policies, programs, resources, contact numbers and other important information on how the Archdiocese of Los Angeles is working to prevent child sexual abuse. Copies of the 2019-2020 brochures are available in the parish vestibule or visit: http://www.la-archdiocese.org/org/protecting/safeguard/Pages/CAPM.aspx
 

April 27-28

Ongoing child sexual abuse prevention training
Since 2002, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles has trained about 330,000 adults to proactively protect children and young people from child sexual abuse and reporting misconduct. In addition, over 165,000 children and young people receive safe environment training annually. In 2018, the Office of Safeguard the Children launched its new “Empowering God's Children & Young People” Program, which empowers children and young people by giving them the knowledge and tools to keep themselves safe and teaches them to tell a parent, guardian or safe adult if anyone makes them feel uncomfortable, scared or confuse. For more information, visit: http://www.la-archdiocese.org/org/protecting/safeguard/Pages/CAPM.aspx.