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Called to Protect

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 1: 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 2: 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 3: 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 4: 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 5: 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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What is Called to Protect? Maximize
What is Praesidium Inc.? Maximize
Who has to take the Called to Protect training? Maximize
How can I become a Facilitator of Called to Protect training workshops? Maximize
What is considered a medium- to high-risk ministry? Maximize
Isn’t this really about making the rest of us pay for the “sins of the fathers" – those priests who have abused children? Maximize
What about false allegations of abuse? Maximize
My work or service in ministry has little or nothing to do with children; why do I have to take this training? Maximize
Some of our volunteer leaders are under 18, such as catechism teachers, altar server trainers, or children’s liturgy helpers. Why aren’t they being given this training? Maximize
I see a link to Armatus OnlineTraining on the archdiocesan website. What is Armatus? Maximize
These videos contain good information that I would like to share with the parents in our parish. Is that OK? Maximize