Churches, schools, and youth organizations must ensure that children and youth who worship, study, or participate in activities sponsored by a parish can do so in the safest and most secure setting possible. Parents and caretakers have the right to ask these institutions if they meet the requirements of the Charter before they allow their children to become involved with them.
An effective safe environment program will have the following components:
- A code of conduct for clergy and for any other paid personnel and volunteers in positions of trust who have regular contact with children and young people.
- Training for all adults who work with children that consists of:
- Signs an adult may see in a child who is abused
- Signs an adult may see in a person who abuses children
- What actions an adult should take when they believe child abuse of any kind may be occurring
- The laws and policies regarding the reporting of child abuse
- A training program for children that includes age appropriate materials pertaining to personal safety that conforms to Catholic teachings.
Our parish communities can be the sort of communities where “everyone looks out for” our children and where children can encounter positive adults. We can offer surveillance, supervision, and, above all, influence the values and interests of our youth. In modeling Christ we show unconditional love, forgiveness, focus on others versus self, show empathy and show dignity and respect for the person.
If you treat your children with respect for their dignity, concern, and regard for their achievements, you help them understand that all living creatures should be treated with dignity and concern.
Sts. Peter & Paul participates in the Safe Environment Program of the Grand Island Diocese. Staff and volunteers receive on-going education. Children and youth receive on-going education each year. For more information contact Sts. Peter & Paul's Safe Environment Coordinator Ann Rief at 308-380-0681.