From the Diocese of Colorado Springs website:
As directed by the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, training opportunities for adults, youth, and children in creating and maintaining a safe environment in our programs, parishes, and community are developed and delivered.Please check the events calendar for scheduled Safe Environment Trainings or contact Mission Effectiveness.
The Church raised the bar when it placed child safety among its highest priorities. It takes awareness – ongoing awareness – on everyone’s part, children and adults alike, to create and maintain an environment free of abuse and exploitation. Report every known or reasonably suspected instance of child abuse or neglect to your local law enforcement or to the Colorado Child Abuse Reporting Hotline at 1-844-CO-4KIDS (1-844-264-5437). Child abuse is preventable!
As adults, we are always teaching children whether we’re aware of it or not. Our actions influence children in positive – and negative ways. The ability to make good choices is one of the most effective ways to be successful – and safe – in the world. Are we modeling what we want our children to learn?
When choosing an organization for your child to attend (such as a sports facility, school or child care facility) it is important to know the policies that are in place to protect your child from sexual abuse. The following documents will guide you through a process to help you choose a safe organization for your child to attend.
We all know that babies and toddlers are particularly vulnerable, but experts say that limiting our assessment of vulnerability to age is a mistake. If we consider vulnerable to mean a child’s capacity for self-protection, we grow to be more skilled at identifying children who may be at a higher risk for harm.
Child safety training is not a one or two time exercise. Bringing up the subject regularly lets children know that the information is important. You may be surprised that, despite your best efforts, children may not have understood previous safety lessons adequately, and the information needs to be reinforced. Opportunities to include safety conversations present themselves often. These can be on a variety of topics such as fire safety, sports safety, summer vacation safety, as well as physical and sexual abuse.
Click here for for some ways to include safety conversations and reinforce information previously presented to children.
It's an adult's job to keep children safe. Sometimes an adult's fear, though, can be conveyed along with the good safety information that's being shared with kids.
The Bishop's Charter defines a minor as one who has not attained the age of 18. The definition also includes those who habitually lack the use of reason regardless of their age. Canon law designated the age of reason to be seven years old; even an adult whose capacity to reason is below that of a seven-year-old is to be protected by the provisions of the Charter. Sharing age-appropriate safety tips is the key to helping our minors keep themselves safe.
Click here for some ways we can empower our children without imparting anxiety or diminishing their confidence.
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has produced the following resources to highlight the Church's response to clergy sexual abuse. We want to share the good news of the Church's work to foster safe environments for all people, especially children. These resources are: