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?
 

Feb. 1-2

DID YOU KNOW?

The importance of making rules 

As parents, we want our children to see us as their allies and teachers, not just the people who lay down the law. But sometimes, rules are more effective — rules are simple and easy to remember, and leave no room for error. When it comes to your child’s safety, rules are critical. And when it comes to your child’s body, rules can help them understand how to protect themselves from predators. Establishing rules about who can see or touch their bodies is an important part of preventing child sexual abuse. For more information, request a copy of the VIRTUS® article “Sometimes a rule is more effective than a discussion” from http://www.la-archdiocese.org/org/protecting/Pages/VIRTUS-Current-Online-Articles.aspx

 

Feb. 8-9

DID YOU KNOW?

Megan’s Law protects parents and children

In the state of California, anyone who has engaged in sexual misconduct with a child under the age of 16 is not allowed to work directly with minors, or to be unaccompanied with minors. This includes volunteer and employee positions. This law helps to create safe environments for our children in our schools and churches. You can access the names and addresses of registered sex offenders on the Megan’s Law website. To learn more, visit http://protect.la-archdiocese.org.

 

 

Feb. 15-16

DID YOU KNOW?

Make a playground checklist

Parents sometimes think of playgrounds as “drop zones” for their kids — keep an eye or an ear out, but otherwise settle in on a bench while your child burns off energy. Nearly 170,000 children were injured on playgrounds in 2019, and a few moments of careful attention could keep your child from joining those ranks. When you get to a playground, check out the surfaces underneath the equipment, especially equipment that allows children to jump or hang from it. The ground surface should be soft and shock absorbent. Check equipment for visible dangers — loose or missing pieces, sharp angles, broken supports, etc. For more tips, get a copy of the VIRTUS® article “Playground Checklist” at http://www.la-archdiocese.org/org/protecting/Pages/VIRTUS-Current-Online-Articles.aspx

 

 

Feb. 22-23

DID YOU KNOW?

Visiting clergy members are VIRTUS® trained

A priest who is visiting the Archdiocese to minister for more than 15 days is required to complete a VIRTUS® Protecting God’s Children Adult Awareness Program, or present certification that states they have already completed a safe environment program. Archdiocesan officials will review alternative safe environment programs to ensure that they meet the standards held in our archdiocese for content and training protocols. These requirements are not just for priests — any bishop, deacon, religious brother or sister ministering in the archdiocese, must be cleared before beginning their ministry. For more information, visit http://handbook.la-archdiocese.org/chapter-9/section-9-4/topic-9-4-1

 

 

Feb. 29-Mar. 1

DID YOU KNOW?

Personalize your fire safety plan

Research shows that having a fire escape plan, and executing it quickly, greatly increases the chances of a successful escape from a house fire. In studies, researchers tested standard high-decibel smoke alarms on sleeping children, and found that just over half the children woke up to the noise. However, when researches used personalized messages recorded by the children’s parents in conjunction with the beeping smoke alarms, almost 100 percent of the children woke up and successfully followed their escape plan. For more information on fire safety, get a copy of the VIRTUS® article “A New Study Sounds the Alarm on Children and Fire Safety - What Can You Do?” at http://www.la-archdiocese.org/org/protecting/Pages/VIRTUS-Current-Online-Articles.aspx.