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 children and vulnerable persons, and that all church-sponsored activities and programs are conducted in a safe environment.
The Archdiocese of Edmonton is using the Called to Protect™ for Ministries program to provide training for all clergy, employees and lay volunteer leaders.
The program, developed by Praesidium Inc., offers 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 children.
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.
Commonly Asked Questions
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